Protesters rush stage during Biden’s Super Tuesday rally
Anti-dairy protesters rushed the stage during former Vice President Joe Biden’s Super Tuesday rally.
A woman chanting “let dairy die” was swiftly removed from the stage at the California event. Moments later a second protester stormed the stage. She was abruptly carried off by Biden campaign aide Symone Sanders.
Both protesters came within a couple of feet of Biden, raising concerns about security surrounding one of the top Democratic presidential candidates.
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) March 4, 2020
The protesters were from Direct Action Everywhere, a group opposed to the dairy industry that also interrupted a campaign rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in Nevada last month and an event with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday.
“Biden’s ties to the dairy industry and indifference to the suffering of farmed animals — something he basically never talks about — flies in the face of everything he claims to stand for,” a spokesperson from Direct Action Everywhere said in a statement Tuesday. “We’re asking him to stand with animal rights advocates, environmental activists, and ordinary citizens — and against the inherent violence of the dairy industry.”
The protesters interrupted Biden’s remarks after early Super Tuesday victories in states like Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
A spokesperson for the Biden campaign was not immediately available for comment in response to the protest.
Symone Sanders tweeted that she “broke a nail” after she was identified as tackling one of the protesters in video of Biden’s speech shared on Twitter.
I broke a nail. #SuperTuesday
— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) March 4, 2020
Updated at 11:36 p.m.
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