Protesters disrupted former Texas Governor Rick Perry’s speech at today’s Iowa Freedom Summit, prompting the Republicans in the room to rise to their feet and roar back. The hullaballo started when Perry starting talking about security on the country’s southern border.
“We need to send a message to congress: secure the border now. Override this president’s lawless executive order. Restore law and order to our border in Mexico. Stand up to this face of evil and protect our citizens,” Perry said.
At this point a handful of protesters carrying blue stgns stood up in the balcony and started yelling in opposition. As the crowd rose in support of Perry, the former Texas governor continued speaking.
“That’s the face of America,” Perry said. “That’s what they’re going to see for the next two years. This is why we live in America today, to be able to stand up and tell our government to do what we want to do. That’s what we elected them for.”
Perry dispatched Texas National Guard troops to his state’s southern border late this summer. His 14-year run as governor of Texas ended this past week. Two of today’s protesters were arrested.