Statue of Liberty Climber Takes Jab at First Lady's Jacket - NBC New York

Statue of Liberty Climber Takes Jab at First Lady's Jacket

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    Statue of Liberty Climber Takes Jab at Melania's Dress

    Therese Okoumou wore a green dress painted with the words "I really care, why won't u?" — a reference to the jacket the first lady wore on her way to visit a facility for migrant children in June. (Published Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018)

    An immigration protester who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on July 4 is taking a jab at first lady Melania Trump at her latest court appearance.

    Therese Okoumou wore a green dress on Friday painted with the words "I really care, why won't u?" — a reference to the jacket the first lady wore on her way to visit a facility for migrant children in June.

    Her jacket said: "I really don't care, do u?"

    The 44-year-old Okoumou has pleaded not guilty to trespassing and disorderly conduct. If convicted, she faces up to six months behind bars per count.

    Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP and Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

    Her next court appearance is Oct. 1.

    Okoumou said she climbed the landmark as a spur-of-the-moment protest against the separation of children from parents crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

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