Statue of Liberty climber invokes Michelle Obama: 'I went as high as I could'
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The woman who scaled the Statue of Liberty this week to protest President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE’s immigration policies invoked former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaDemocrats debate Biden effort to expand map against Trump Michelle Obama presents Beyoncé with Humanitarian Award at BET Awards: 'You inspire all of us' Voting by mail is now a necessity during COVID-19 MORE in explaining her protest.

Fox News reported that the protester, Therese Patricia Okoumou, said outside a Manhattan courthouse Thursday that she was inspired by Obama’s quote “when they go low, we go high.”

"Our beloved first lady that I care so much about said that when they go low, we go high, and I went as high as I could," Okoumou said.


Okoumou, an immigrant from Congo, pleaded not guilty in federal court to charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and interfering with agency functions, according to Fox News.

She scaled the base of the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday, the Fourth of July, after protesting the Trump administration’s immigration policies in front of the statue. Demonstrators unfurled a banner reading “ABOLISH ICE,” referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Okoumou was arrested after she climbed the statue's base, a decision she called "spur of the moment." Officials also evacuated Liberty Island, where the statue is housed.

If convicted, Okoumou could face up to six months in prison on each charge, Fox News reported.

President Trump slammed Okoumou as a "clown" during a campaign-style rally Thursday night in Montana.

“I wouldn’t have done it," Trump said. "I would have said let's get some nets, we’ll wait 'til she ... just get some nets,” he said.