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Lesbian Activist Confronts Michelle Obama, Who Confronts Lesbian Activist

GetEqual likes to pride itself on its confrontational tactics, but it’s been a while since its heyday of blocking traffic in Las Vegas or targeting Nancy Pelosi for being insufficiently supportive, an accusation that probably left Republicans rolling in the aisles. But the group did get some new attention on Tuesday night when a member heckled Michelle Obama at a private fundraiser, only to have Michelle confront her.

Ellen Sturtz, who paid to attend the Democratic fundraiser at a private home in western Washington state, interrupted the First Lady to demand that the President sign an executive order banning workplace discrimination. According to  a press pool report, Michelle “left the lectern and moved over to the protester.” The pool report quoted Obama as saying: “Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”

Pretty easy choice at a Democratic fundraiser. Sturtz said she told Michelle she would take the microphone, but didn’t get the chance and was escorted from the event. Later, she told the Washington Post that the First Lady’s actions surprised her. “She came right down in my face,” Sturtz said. “I was taken aback.”

Rule one in politics: if you dish it, you better be able to take it.

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