Donald Trump gave a “serious” policy economic speech on Monday, hosted by the Detroit Economic Club. But instead of focusing on the teleprompter, Trump had to deal with hecklers, who interrupted his speech a record 14 times.
Speaking to more than a thousand people at the event, Trump lamented this city’s economic collapse, which he attributed to the country’s abandonment of an “America First” economic approach.
The protesters, however, were all women and part of a group organized by the Michigan People’s Campaign.
Jacquie Maxwell, a Grosse Pointe auto worker yelled, “You want to close Michigan plants and outsource our jobs! How are we supposed to raise our families without good jobs? Is that what you call winning?”
Another protester focused on Trump’s comments on sexual harassment. “Why are you blaming the victims of sexual harassment? Why shouldn’t women be safe at our work? It’s not our fault!” Trump recently said if his daughter were sexually harassed at work, he hoped she would quit her job and find a new career.
The protests began less than a minute into Trump’s speech, and continued every few minutes throughout his address, which Trump read from a teleprompter.
Trump’s carefully scripted format may help to explain why he did not lash out at any of the protesters Monday, as he has done in the past. Instead, the nominee said “thank you” to his supporters, who shouted down and booed the protesters.
One woman opted for a more lighthearted call than her fellow protesters. “Tiny hands! All you got is tiny hands!” she yelled to Trump.