The Secret Services jumped on to the stage at a Bernie Sanders rally and protected the Democrat from a gaggle of animal rights protesters who jumped barricades and rushed the podium in Oakland, CA.
Agents tackled the protesters to the concrete and ushered them away in handcuffs as the throng of Bernie supporters booed and then began chanting. It was unclear whether the crowd was jeering at the protesters for disrupting the rally or at the Secret Service for tackling and arresting the protesters.
ABC News has statements from the groups representing the protesters who are angry at Sanders because the self-described socialist is, wait for it, not radically left enough:
Zach Groff of the grassroots group Direct Action Everywhere told ABC News that they have been targeting Sanders because of his message about caring for the most vulnerable.
“His campaign has promoted itself based on this idea of progressivism and rejecting discrimination and inequality,” Groff said, “but when it comes to the animals in the United States and around the world, discrimination and violence is the name of the game every single day.”
“He claims to be a progressive, but you cannot be a progressive if you oppose animal rights,” he said.
In a statement, another one of the Berkely-based group’s organizers, Aidan Cook, said that “Sanders claims to oppose ‘factory farming,’ but what he hides is that virtually all farms in the United States, including farms he supports, are essentially factory farms.”
“What we’ve learned in the case of human oppression applies to animals too: when we see someone as an object, all sorts of horrors, notably factory farming, are not just possible but inevitable,” Cook said.
Sanders returned to the podium after the kerfuffle and proclaimed, “we don’t get intimidated easily.” Yeah Bernie. You get tough with those Birkenstock wearing, granola munching animal rights hippies. Show them how tough you can be, Bernster.