Thus far, news consumers have only had access to audio of First Lady Michelle Obama confronting a LGBT activist heckler during a private Democratic National Committee fundraiser on Tuesday. But this afternoon, CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper revealed video which clearly shows, as reports indicated, Obama stepping down from her lectern to directly address the heckler and suggest she’d leave unless the audience gave her their full attention.
The protester, Ellen Sturtz of GetEQUAL, began shouting about President Obama’s unfulfilled commitment to take executive action to prevent federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT individuals. The woman’s interrupted Obama to tell the crowd, ”One of the things I don’t do well is this,” before stepping down from the podium, saying: “You can listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”
The crowd started to shout in favor of Obama staying, with some saying “You need to go!” to the protester, who was eventually escorted out of the event.
Watch the video below, via CNN:
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