A Virginia lawmaker, who is Muslim, shouted “you can’t send us back!” briefly interrupting President Donald Trump during an event Tuesday commemorating the 400th anniversary of Virginia’s first legislative assembly.
Ibraheem Samirah, a Democrat elected this year to the state House of Delegates, halted Trump’s speech with a one-man demonstration as he held a sign that read “deport hate,” “reunite my family” and "go back to your corrupted home."
Video from the Jamestown event showed Samirah being led out as some in the audience clapped at his removal while chanting Trump's name.
Samirah defended his actions, writing that "nobody's racism and bigotry should be excused for the sake of being polite." He added that while he was born in Chicago, his family came to the United States as Palestinian refugees and that his father in 2002 was "forced to literally 'go back'" after he was denied re-entry following a visit to Jordan.