The Modern Left is an Idiot on the Statue of Liberty
On a Fourth of July where normal Americans were attending backyard BBQs, shooting off fireworks, and enjoying a brief respite from the day-to-day grind of the working life, one idiot decided to climb up the Statue of Liberty, close the damn thing down for thousands of tourists, and make an ass out of herself on the nation’s birthday. Never have we seen such an apt representation of the modern left. It is only icing on the cake that she turned out to be an immigrant from Congo named Therese Okoumou. A comic novel couldn’t have nailed it any better.
Okoumou was part of a group of protesters who descended on the Statue to make a bunch of noise about (what else) the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Apparently under the impression that this subject isn’t getting enough play in the media – it isn’t literally on every channel, every second of the day, after all – the protesters unfurled a banner calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and made a small spectacle for amused onlookers.
But that wasn’t enough for Okoumou. She decided to leave the rest of her “Rise and Resist” group, scale up to the Statue’s pedestal, and engage in a four-hour standoff with police. And hey, we’ll give her this much: She got her stupid face all over television. Now the only question is whether her little stunt actually moved the needle, at all, for her chosen cause. But then, to wait on those polls would be to assume that Okoumou actually cares that much about family separations and isn’t just an egomaniac looking for a little time in the spotlight. We’re not quite ready to make that assumption.
National Park Service spokesperson Jerry Willis thought that Okoumou’s protest was, to put it mildly, misguided.
“I feel really sorry for those visitors today,” he said of the people who could not tour the Statue of Liberty while the stunt was in progress. “People have the right to speak out. I don’t think they have the right to co-opt the Statue of Liberty to do it.”
That’s a pretty good quote, but it’s not our favorite. Our favorite is this understated gem from NYPD Emergency Service Unit detective Brian Glacken who explained to reporters why Okoumou told police she was engaging in the protest.
“She was basically up there saying about the children in Texas,” he said.
There’s just something hilarious about how perfectly he undermined this woman’s idiotic gesture. You can literally feel the contempt coming off this officer in waves. The disdain he has for this woman who ate up resources and put the lives of first responders in jeopardy just so she could make some dumb protest “about the children in Texas.”
We would love it if Okoumou turned out to not only be an immigrant but an illegal immigrant in line for deportation…but maybe that would just be TOO perfect.