Trump protesters organize to interrupt Detroit Economic Club speech

On Monday 14 separate times his speech was interupted by an organized effort to throw Trump off his game.

- Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump has had to deal with protestors both outside his appearances and inside. His trip to the Detroit Economic Club was no different.

On Monday 14 separate times his speech was interrupted by an organized effort to throw Trump off his game.

"I made eye contact with Donald Trump," said Jacquie Maxwell. "I looked dead at him."

Jacquie Maxwell works for an auto part supplier in Dearborn and has never done anything like this before.

"Nauseating is probably the best word to describe it," she said.

She described the moments leading up to her rather one-sided interaction with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. She yelled and he continued with his planned speech.

"It was very uncomfortable," Maxwell said. "You are in a setting with people who are not like minded as you."

But she put her personal comfort aside when her fellow union members came calling.

"He asked me if I would be willing to participate in a Trump rally," she said.

Maxwell agreed to be one of 14 or so protestors to disrupt his speech at a ticketed event in Cobo Center.

"I did not know them at all," she said. "We were brought together as a group with a like cause and asked to do this by different community groups by non-partisan groups."
 
They were all brought together by a group called "Michigan People's Campaign" billed as a statewide organization building a movement to put people and the planet before profits.

"I'm a worker a middle class union worker, I go to work every day," Maxwell said.

She got her ticket to the Detroit Economic Club luncheon through an anonymous e-mail and was only told to speak her mind. Then one by one they deployed the disruption.

"It's all very well planned out," Trump said during one of the interruptions.

"He actually acknowledged we were a well-organized protest," Maxwell said. "We tried to time it every two or two and a half minutes." 

But reactions from the Republican nominee were mild and controlled by the crowd's standard.

"He was poised," said Robert Dempster.  "And I liked when the people who were protesting he calmly relaxed and acted like a true pro."

As the cascading boos that followed the outbursts were followed by a swift exit out of the hall.

"I was not hurt. They were very professional."

"These are people who are inhibiting free speech and we don't need that in our country," said Grant Golasm.

The demonstrators left to hope their message would last far longer than their planned interruption did.

"I have two daughters and a son," Maxwell said. "And I try to instill in them that you have to stand up for what you believe in."

FOX 2 is told the 14 protestors watched videos of prior Trump protests, much like an athlete who watches game film. They wanted to know exactly what they were getting into when they agreed to protest a Donald Trump event.

Maxwell is a UAW member and said she is afraid that Trump, if elected, would move automotive jobs down south for lower wages.
 


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