A DeSoto High School student believes she was removed from President Donald Trump’s rally in Southaven, Mississippi, on Tuesday because she was wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt.
Alexis Cobbs, 16, said she was trying to earn extra credit by attending the rally but was led away just after getting inside the entrance by a man wearing a shirt with “Secret Service” on it, WHBQ-TV reported. Cobbs says she waited in line for over two hours to hear Trump speak.
“The Secret Service man just walks up to me and tells me to follow him, and so I did. And once I realized I was out the door, like he pushed me out the door,” Cobbs told Memphis-based Fox affiliate WHBQ. “I was like what and he was like don’t let the door hit your fingers on the way out.”
“I didn’t realize wearing a shirt could just disqualify you from listening to a sitting president speak,” Cobbs told media outlets. “I didn’t know only people who actively identify as Republicans were the only ones able to come in here and listen.”
According to Newsweek magazine, U.S. Secret Service agents on detail for the president traditionally wear formal attire and it was unclear to Cobbs whether the person who removed her from the Trump rally was an actual agent.