Tucker Takes On Statue of Liberty Protester, Teaches Her Tough Lesson in Humility


Therese Patricia Okoumou is the left’s new lawbreaking hero. She’s the woman who decided to scale the Statue of Liberty — or at least the base, which takes some physical endurance but not exactly preternatural dexterity — and unfurled a sign that said, “Abolish ICE.”

“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 outside a Manhattan courthouse after her booking.

Good grief. Apparently, nobody in the media had the restraint to not report that insipid, pre-planned soundbite. They also don’t have the restraint to report her as anything less than a kind of Chicago Seven-style hero, which is typical.

Well, Tucker Carlson wasn’t having any of it. In a rant Friday, Carlson lambasted Okoumou, who hails from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for the hypocrisy of her act.

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“A Congolese immigrant shut down the Statue of Liberty — our Statue of Liberty — to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies,” the Fox News host said.

“The left applauded that. But take three steps back and think about what you’re watching right here.

“Congo is a war-ravaged hellscape, a country noted for mass rape and cannibalism,” Carlson continued.

“Imagine escaping a country like that and being welcomed in our country, the United States. You’d be grateful, wouldn’t you? Many Congolese are grateful.

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“This person is not grateful at all,” he said of Okoumou. “She took over one of our monuments to scream about how racist we are. The progressives support her. They have gone completely insane.”

Tucker listed the incident as one of a number of insane things that the left has been up to around this Fourth of July week, including Vox updating a 2015 story called “3 Reasons the American Revolution Was a Mistake” and repurposing it for more clicks.

The three reasons, for those of you wondering, are that “(s)lavery would’ve been abolished earlier, American Indians would’ve faced rampant persecution but not the outright ethnic cleansing Andrew Jackson and other American leaders perpetrated, and America would have a parliamentary system of government that makes policymaking easier and lessens the risk of democratic collapse.”

I’m not linking to the story so as to not give the folks at Vox any more backlinks, but rest assured Dylan Matthews doesn’t make a convincing case for the first two and the third is mostly a lament that we’re “saddled with a Senate that gives Wyoming the same power as California, which has more than 66 times as many people.” (Translation: a bicameral legislature with a separate executive branch that has protections built-in for geographical concerns stinks since it gives those rubes who don’t actually have the good sense to live in cities and drive a Nissan Leaf a say in governance, and it means that we have that scurrilous Electoral College which denied Al Gore and Hillary the presidency and #TheResistance or whatever. Yes we can!)

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But this is where we are these days. A woman who escaped the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of the Congo is protesting the fact that we have immigration laws and bother to enforce them. Vox thinks that the American Revolution stinks and progressives are applauding both.

Much like Okoumou, American progressives are are taking Michelle Obama’s advice and going as high as they could. And typically, they’re reaching new lows.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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Catholic University of America
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