The Black woman who was arrested for climbing the Statue of Liberty on July 4th trolled First Lady Melania Trump when she showed up to the Manhattan federal court for a hearing yesterday.
Therese Patricia Okoumou made headlines last month when she climbed up to the feet of the Statue of Liberty to protest the separation of illegal immigrant families.
Okoumou, who is pleading not guilty to federal misdemeanors of trespassing, interference with government agency functions, and disorderly conduct, wore a green dress that read on the back, “I REALLY CARE, WHY WON’T U?” and “BE BEST.”
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The dress references the inappropriate jacket that the First Lady wore to a detention center for immigrant children in June. The jacket read “I really don’t care, do u?”
Okoumou’s dress also referenced Melania’s “Be Best” program to promote children’s well-being and battle cyberbullying.
In her first court appearance last month, Okoumou also made a statement with her outfit by wearing a black t-shirt with the words “white supremacy is terrorism” printed on it.
“Trump has wrecked this country apart. It is depressing, it is outrageous,” she said outside the courthouse at the time. “I can say a lot of things about this monster, but I will stop at this: His draconian zero-tolerance policy on immigration has to go.”
She added: “In a democracy, we do not put children in cages. Period.”