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‘You’re a good girl,’ Bannon tells protester removed from his SC appearance

Steve Bannon, the former White House strategist to President Donald Trump, speaks during an event at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Bannon received an award from The Citadel Republican Society.
Steve Bannon, the former White House strategist to President Donald Trump, speaks during an event at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Bannon received an award from The Citadel Republican Society. AP

Much was made of the protests that would be waiting for Steve Bannon at his appearance in South Carolina Friday.

One wasn’t expected during the Breitbart News executive’s appearance.

That’s exactly what happened, as a woman disrupted the speech given by the former chief strategist to President Donald Trump at the annual Patriot Dinner held by the The Citadel Republican Society.

Unfazed by the interruption, Bannon cracked a few jokes before referring to the protester as a “good girl.”

Emily Abedon of Sullivan’s Island, was the protester, according to multiple reports. Abedon was given a courtesy summons and cited for disorderly conduct for the incident, according to charlestoncitypaper.com.

The incident occurred about 30 minutes into Bannon’s speech. He was comparing Trump’s “locker room talk,” to former President Bill Clinton, who Bannon described as a “sexual predator.”

That was when Abedon interrupted.

“Mr. Bannon, was it the ‘divine hand’ of God that grabs them by the (genitals),” Abedon could be heard shouting before being drowned out by boos and jeers by much of the audience.

It was a reference to the notorious hot-microphone recording of Trump bragging about sexual overtures he’s allowed to make because of his celebrity status. The recording was made years ago and released during the 2016 presidential campaign, something Trump explained as “locker room talk.”

Abedon was removed from the building by a number of law enforcement officers.

Abedon told The State that she was responding to Bannon’s statement that “The divine hand of God put Trump in the presidency.” She said her interruption was a specific response to that comment, and was not related to what Bannon said about Clinton.

As she was being taken out of the building, Bannon joked “I’d like to thank one of my ex-wives for showing up.”

Like Abedon’s comment, that too was drowned out by the audience, only by laughter and cheers by the group of Conservative supporters.

“I swear I thought that lawyer sent that alimony check,” said an encouraged Bannon, who has three ex-wives and whose net worth is valued between $9.5 million and $48 million, according to forbes.com.

That’s when he made his gender-specific comment about Abedon.

“You’re a good girl,” Bannon said, before setting up one more punchline.

“You’ve got the right to free speech – outside.”

Abedon, wearing a yellow T-shirt that said “Blatant Dissent,” continued to shout as she was taken outside, where she intentionally collapsed to the ground.

“What did I do that’s illegal?” Abedon asked the officers carrying her out. “Why am I being removed? … I have a paid ticket.”

She asked why she was placed in handcuffs, and an officer told her it was because she had fought officers while being escorted from the building, according to abcnews4.com.

“Are you serious? you’ve got to be kidding me,” Abedon said. “Please, a witness, they’re saying that I fought the officers. I never did a thing. I laid flat down. There are so many photographers in there.”

Abedeon told The State “ I stand by every word I spoke. I had a ticket. I was merely exercising my right to free speech.”

According to her Twitter profile, Abedon is “an award-winning writer and advocate for safe housing, a member of the Long Table Poets, a journalist whose work has appeared in numerous national publications.”

Her profile on libertyfellowshipsc.org lists Abedon as a journalist, poet and filmmaker, adding she has worked as a Contributing Editor for Charleston Magazine and as a Writer for The (Charleston) Post and Courier in her career history.

Bannon isn’t the first political figure Abedon has confronted in public.

Abedon was pictured voicing a concern during a town hall meeting with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) at the Charleston County Council Chambers on Feb. 25, in North Charleston. Abedon was one of hundreds of constituents to attend the event.

Wearing her voter registration card in her hat, Abedon said she was asking Scott if he would look into the rise of hate speech. She described it as “an utterly civil dialogue.”

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