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Liza Bielby holds a sign during a protest while Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivered an economic policy speech to the Detroit Economic Club in Detroit, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Detroit steelworker explains the all-female protest of Trump's economy speech


Detroit steelworker explains the all-female protest of Trump's economy speech

By now, Donald Trump is undoubtedly used to being interrupted by protesters at his events across the country.

On Monday, however, things got a little out of hand.

During his economic policy address in Detroit, Michigan, Trump was interrupted by protesters 14 times. The disruptions caused the GOP presidential candidate to take multiple small breaks as the rabble-rousers were escorted from the venue.

The interruptions -- which quickly made national news -- were part of a coordinated all-female protest of Trump's candidacy for president. They were organized by Michigan People's Campaign and People's Action, two liberal groups.

There were 17 different women who were inside the Detroit Economic Club on Monday to protest Trump's speech, according to Jacquie Maxwell, a steelworker from Detroit. One male interrupted the speech, but he was not part of either group.

Maxwell -- who was one of the protesters -- told Circa that the gender of the protesters was very much intentional.

"We call it girl power," she said. "We stood up to a crowd of predominatingly white males, upper to middle aged, and we stood up as women. ... Women are known to be polite, that's how we expect women to be, and today I stood up with these other 16 ladies for what we believe in."

The automotive industry is the bread and butter, the lifeline of Michigan.
Jacquie Maxwell, Detroit steelworker

While all the coordinated protesters were women, their interests were not all the same.

Maxwell, for example, is a steelworker in Detroit working for the automotive industry and protested mainly because of Trump's suggestion last year that automotive jobs should be moved away from Michigan.

"The automotive industry is the bread and butter, the lifeline of Michigan," she said. 

Others, however, took issue with Trump's recent comments on sexual harassment. Last week, Trump said women should consider switching jobs if sexual harassment is occurring.

"Why are you blaming the victims of sexual harassment?" Detroit food server and protester Sarah Messer said in an emailed statement. "Why shouldn't women be safe at our work? It's not our fault."

For more news, check out today's 60 Second Circa. 

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