Congressional Intern Yells "Fck You" At President Trump In U.S. Capitol
The Intern Who Yelled 'F*ck You' at Trump Does Not Regret It
When Donald Trump walked past the Capitol Rotunda to meet with Republican lawmakers about immigration policy in June, one brave summer intern to voice her opinion on his border policy that separated families.
"Mr. President, fuck you!" yelled 21-year-old Caitlin Marriott.
The viral incident thrust Marriott into the spotlight, prompted an investigation by Capitol Police, and resulted in a one-week suspension from her internship underSen. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat from New Hampshire.
Now in her first interview since the incident, theKeene State Collegesenior tells Cosmopolitan.com what she was thinking in that moment and how she dealt with the fallout from her actions.
On the reason for her outburst:
As an intern, one of my jobs was answering constituent calls. I heard from people who sobbed about families being separated at the border and about all the horrible things Trump was doing. I had a few women, some moms, call who literally just cried on the phone and said, "I can’t imagine if something like that happened to me–these people they don’t deserve this." They had no connections to people at the border. They were just concerned about the well-being of others.
I didn’t necessarily go about it in the most eloquent way, but I definitely don’t regret what I did.
I was thinking about them, the people who would have loved the opportunity to say something or do something, when I spoke out. I was thinking that I’d really regret if I didn’t stand up for what I believed in and do something in the moment. I know I didn’t necessarily go about it in the most eloquent way, but I definitely don’t regret what I did.
It was completely spontaneous. I had no idea he would be in the Capitol until literally right before it happened. I had a few minutes to think about it and I assumed I would get fired for doing it, but I figured it was worth it. I think a lot of people think I did it for attention. But I honestly didn’t think that anyone would be recording.
On her immediate reaction after she did it:
I was standing in a little group of interns, and after I did it, some next to me were like, "Why did you do that? Oh my god!" I was like, "Gotta go!"I realized I was probably going to have some consequences in the moment, so I sort of walked away and went back to the office.
I called my mom and said, "Mom, I'm really sorry, I think I'm going to get fired."
I told the other interns when I got back and one of the them sent me a link and was like, "Dude, what did you do?" I didn’t think it was going to blow up the way that it did.
I called my mom and said, "Mom, I'm really sorry, I think I'm going to get fired. I love you, but I'm probably coming home." She was like, "What did you do?" I told her to Google it, and she was like, "Oh my god, you did not."She didn’t think I necessarily said the right words, but she’s proud of me for standing up for what I believed in. My dad said, "You’re probably going to get fired, but if it was worth it for you, then good!"
On the consequences she faced:
I did speak with [Capitol Police], and I was suspended for a week. [Sen. Hassan's office] took my badge, and I wasn’t allowed to talk to constituents or answer phone calls. I wasn’t heartbroken, necessarily. I got to attend hearing and briefings, which was my favorite part of being an intern, and I got to write memos for staffers that the senator would potentially read. It was a cool experience, and I’m really grateful that I got to continue it [after my suspension].
On how the other interns treated her:
The other interns went through so much shit because of me. The whole week I was gone, they were getting phone calls and emails and faxes with all sorts of crap, and people were abusing them over the phone.
I fully expected them to hate me and they didn’t. Even if they didn’t agree with what I did, and I’m sure some of them didn’t, they didn’t voice it. They were super kind to me, all of them. I didn’t think about how my consequences would affect others, and I do regret that.
Sen. Hassan also got a lot of backlash, and that’s not something I considered in the moment and wish I had. The people in my office worked really, really hard to correct what I had done and to try and make things better. They did a fantastic job and were really supportive of me throughout.
On dealing with the backlash:
After everything, I made my social media private. I got a lot of Facebook messages from people who supported me and a lot from people who definitely didn't. I wasn’t afraid for my well-being. I understood that people were angry, and I knew they needed to express their anger. I mean, that’s exactly what I did to Trump. I get it.
People are pissed, and they should be pissed.
[Juli Briskman, the woman who was fired after flipping off a Trump motorcade] sent me a card in the mail. It was really sweet of her. She expressed her support and said she knows how hard it can be and we should get lunch sometime.
On public protests, like the Virginia restaurant that refused to serve Sarah Huckabee Sanders:
People are pissed, and they should be pissed. Things are clearly not changing the traditional way, so this is the way we need to do things. People need to stand up for what they believe in, and if they do that publicly, I support it 100 percent. Plus, it’s working. The idea that people are really mad is getting out there.
Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2019
On her future plans:
I have two goals in life. One is to learn as much as I can, and the second is to help as many people as I can. The way I always thought I’d do that is by being in a position of political power.
But this summer I witnessed the lack of things happening in the government. In the Senate, at least, there seems to be a lot of stuff going on, but not a lot of change. Which is frustrating and concerning and very disheartening.
Everyone goes into [politics] wanting to make a difference and help people, but once they get there, it doesn’t always pan out that way. There’s a lot of politics in politics. It’s not so much about actually helping people, unfortunately. After graduation I’m really hoping to get into the Peace Corps and go from there.
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