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Pompeo Reacts to Shrieking Heckler: ‘If There Were Only So Much Freedom of Expression in Iran’

Patrick Goodenough
By Patrick Goodenough | July 22, 2018 | 11:32 PM EDT

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Sunday, July 22, 2018. (Screen capture: DVIDS)

(Corrected)

A heckler who interrupted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech on Sunday night in support of the Iranian people got little sympathy from the audience or from her target, who used the disturbance to underline his message about the plight of those living under the regime in Tehran.

Pompeo was speaking at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi, Calif. about the regime’s abuses at home and policies abroad when a woman began shouting slogans to the effect that “the Trump-Pence regime is kidnapping children.”

The audience, who had given Pompeo an enthusiastic reception, immediately broke into loud boos.

Pompeo waited, smiling patiently, as the yelling continued, and as the audience response morphed into chants of “U.S.A., U.S.A. ...”

Then he said, “if there were only so much freedom of expression in Iran,” drawing more cheers before proceeding with his speech.

 


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Patrick Goodenough
Patrick Goodenough
Spencer Journalism Fellow