*The activist who scaled the Statue Of Liberty to protest Donald Trump’s immigration policy is free on bail and crediting Michelle Obama as her inspiration.
Therese Patricia Okoumou, 44, pleaded not guilty to trespassing, interfering in an agency function and disorderly conduct. At her arraignment, the courtroom reportedly broke out in thunderous applause after she entered her plea.
“We love you!” a supporter shouted during the hearing. Okoumou, sporting a black long-sleeved shirt that read “White Supremacy is Terrorism,” turned to the gallery and clapped along, according to the New York Daily News.
Her Fourth of July climb onto Lady Liberty’s copper base and refusal to come down caused the temporary shutdown of the statue and Liberty Island.
After Thursday’s arraignment, Okoumou, a Staten Island personal trainer, told reporters she was inspired by our former first lady.
“Michelle Obama — our beloved First Lady that I care so much about — said, ‘When they go low, we go high,’ and I went as high as I could,” Okoumou, a Congolese immigrant said Thursday outside the Manhattan federal courthouse.
Okoumou said her intention with the protest was to send a message that the separation of migrants and children must stop.
If convicted, Okoumou faces up to 6 months in prison for each count.