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Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the activist group Code Pink demonstrates during Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s speech on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

"Build bridges"

Woman interrupts Trump’s acceptance speech, a greatest hit in her storied protest career

By WITW Staff on July 22, 2016

Medea Benjamin did what many wanted to do, but what only maybe one other person actually pulled off this week: She made it inside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and protested on the Republican National Convention floor. And she did it right in the middle of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech on Thursday night. About 25 minutes into Trump’s address, the longest convention acceptance speech in 44 years, Benjamin, the activist founder of Code Pink, stood up and yelled “Build bridges, not walls!” She held a pink sign with the same words printed on it, a reference to Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall separating Mexico and the U.S. Her protest made maximum impact as Trump paused, declining to lambaste her as he often does to protesters at his rallies, and TV broadcasts cut to Benjamin holding her sign and then being escorted away by security. Watch video of the demonstration:

Benjamin has a veritable greatest hits list of convention protests. She’s engineered the disruption of every GOP convention since 2004 through Code Pink, which is a women-led group that advocates for the end of U.S. wars and militarism, according to its website. She’s also a bipartisan heckler. In 2013, Benjamin heckled President Obama three times during a speech he was delivering on military policy. Obama took the disruption in stride, reportedly saying, “The voice of that woman is worth paying attention to.”

Why did she protest Trump? According to NBC News, she explained her motivation as she was led away by security: “Donald Trump is dangerous for this country.”

Read the full story at NBC News.


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