A New York City woman who worked as an aide for President Obama pleaded for looters to halt their destruction of New York City — accusing them of “profiting off our f–king pain” in a powerful video that surfaced on social media.
Desiree Barnes, who worked for First Lady Michelle Obama and as a White House press aide, was seen confronting the rabble Saturday in the East Village, as the unrest continued over the cop-involved killing of Floyd, in the footage shared on Instagram.
“These are f–king people who live in public housing and you just made a f–king melee,” Barnes said. “You took down bus routes. There are people who live in this neighborhood who have to go back uptown to work, and you are here profiting off of our f–king pain.”
In the footage, Barnes urged the group to be “f–king responsible” and “have a f—— plan.”
“You can protest all you want but the sh– I just saw take place,” she said. “I know there are people out here, homeless people who f–king rely on those banks to charge their phones. And you think it’s okay to take down a neighborhood. You don’t see corporations here. There are human beings that live in this goddamn neighborhood.”
Freelance videographer Dan Ladue, who recorded the clip, told The Post that he was walking home around 9 p.m. Saturday when he heard Barnes’ speech and began to film.
His video was then shared on the Instagram account @newyorkcity and has been viewed more than one million times as of Tuesday morning.
Ladue said that he didn’t connect with Barnes until after the video went viral, but his gut told them to share the powerful encounter.
“She’s frustrated and wanted to be heard. Some people don’t want that opinion heard. And based off the overwhelming amount of messages people sent yesterday, she isn’t alone,” he wrote on Instagram.
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