Statue of Liberty climber quotes Michelle Obama, pleads not guilty

Therese Patricia Okoumou, a.k.a. the Statue of Liberty climber, was charged with trespassing, interfering with agency functions and disorderly conduct. She pled not guilty Thursday. You may have watched on television as New York police ended her four hour Independence Day stunt to voice her support of abolishing ICE.


Wearing a White Supremacy is Terrorism t-shirt outside the courthouse, Okoumou included former First Lady Michelle Obama in her remarks to the press. Because, of course.

“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 said, noting she would not climb the Statue of Liberty again because “the judge told me not to.”

 Since she went as high as she could, to use her words, the National Park Service had to close the park early and evacuate more than 4,000 visitors to Liberty Island on Independence Day. She participated in an Abolish Ice protest with Rise and Resist, a group formed as part of #TheResistance of President Trump’s election.
A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo now living in Staten Island, instead of being grateful that she is in America, she chose to climb the Statue of Liberty after a political protest and then refuse to cooperate with law enforcement for four hours. She also ruined the most special of American holidays, as Americans celebrate our freedom, for 4,000 people when their day on Liberty Island was cut short. That isn’t going high, that’s just selfish political theatre. She’s also lucky that neither she or the police officers were hurt during this nonsense.
It took the deployment of a special unit to rescue her. While she calls her actions spontaneous, it looks to me that she’s just another unhinged leftist promoting vague talking points without specific ideas on how to accomplish change or reform.  She “mentioned the kids in Texas” but wasn’t clear with her rescuers on what she was doing.
About 16 officers with the New York City Police Department’s Emergency Service Unit — a team trained to perform some of the most dangerous rescues in the city — took part in the rescue/apprehension effort, Officer Brian Glacken said in a news conference Wednesday evening.
“At first, she wasn’t friendly with us, but we took the time to get a rapport with her so that took a while,” said Glacken.
“She just kind of mentioned the kids in Texas. I guess the whole debate that’s going on about that. In the beginning, she threatened to push us off, push the ladder off, but we stayed with her,” Glacken added.
Finally, officers with ropes and climbing gear reached her.
“At first she was being a little combative, then she was willing to cooperate with us. She actually apologized to us for having to go up and get her,” Glacken told reporters.
Leftists like to recite a verse from the base of the Statue of Liberty every time debates on immigration break out. The over-the-top symbolic gesture of friendship from the French is a monument to freedom and liberty, not to unlimited immigration. I’ll remind the shallow left that the immigrants who came to America on boats saw the Statue of Liberty as they came to Ellis Island to be processed for legal entry into the country. Ellis Island was America’s first federal immigration station, not a border to be breached by those trying to illegally cross into our country. French liberals hoped that the gift would inspire a movement toward democracy in France as the American Revolution was for America from England. It’s all about breaking free of royal rule, not open borders.
The sonnet quoted is not actually inscribed on the statue, it’s on a plaque mounted next to the statue. The sonnet was originally written to raise funds to build the pedestal on which the monument to freedom sits.
So the 44-year-old woman got the attention she craved and now she’s a ‘shero’ to the militant leftists who demand the abolition of ICE without any plan to regulate immigration or border security.  She’s a naturalized citizen. President Trump called her a clown during his rally in Montana on Thursday afternoon.
“You saw that clown yesterday on the Statue of Liberty. You see that guys that went up there. I wouldn’t have done it,” the Republican president said Thursday night, praising the bravery of police officers who ascended the statue’s base and persuaded her to climb down.
He added: “I would have said, ‘Let’s get some nets, and let’s wait till she comes down. Just get some nets.'”
Rise and Resist threw her under the bus before embracing her as one of their own. What’s a social justice warrior without her comrades at the ready with lawyers and cries of racism? (Emphasis and italics mine)

Rise and Resist says it has arranged “expert legal options” for the court process. The group, which initially denied any connection to the climber, later claimed her as a member and said she had been to meetings in New York. They described her actions as “rogue,” though, and said that had not been part of the planned protest.

“Patricia is our friend, our comrade, our sister,” the statement said in part. “From the moment that we realized that this amazing woman whom we have gotten to know, love, and respect was the person who had climbed to the foot of Lady Liberty, we had three concerns: one for her safety from falling, second, for her safety as a woman of color who was about to be engaged by law enforcement, and third, to find her the best legal representation that we could.”

What a waste of time. She endangered her life, the lives of law enforcement, and offered nothing new to the debate on immigration reform. She’s been arrested before for protesting. All of her current charges are misdemeanors. She was released without bail and her court date has been set in August.


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John Stossel 6:41 PM on November 28, 2023