Malia Obama takes on Trump, surprises protesters in Sundance to help ‘resist’ pipeline

Just days after her family moved out of the White House, Malia Obama was busy protesting its new occupant’s actions.

The former first daughter joined a rally on Monday protesting President Donald Trump’s plans to revive the Dakota Access pipeline project.

The 18 year-old was one of about 100 people gathered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where demonstrators held signs in the heavy snow to voice their disapproval, the Daily Mail reported.

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Sporting signs that read, “Exist. Resist. Rise” and “Impeach corporate control,” the group declared solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and criticized the Sundance Film Festival because it allowed a sponsorship from Chase Bank, which is invested in the pipeline.

Later in the day, Malia attended an invite-only private event with Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault who, along with others, praised former President Obama for putting a stop to the four-state oil pipeline. On Tuesday, Trump signed an executive order to move on with the project.

Actress Shailene Woodley, who has been an outspoken opponent of the pipeline and criticized the former president for not putting an end to the project, said it was “amazing” to see Malia at the event.

“It was amazing to see Malia. I saw her last night when we did the event with Chairman Dave Archambault. And it was incredible to see her there,” Woodley said in an interview with Democracy Now.

“Also, to witness a human being and a woman coming into her own outside of her family and outside of the attachments that this country has on her, but someone who’s willing to participate in democracy because she chooses to, because she recognizes, regardless of her last name, that if she doesn’t participate in democracy, there will be no world for her future children,” she added.

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Malia, who flew into Sundance on Sunday, will be heading off to Harvard University later this year. She begins an internship with Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein next month.

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