Senator and democratic candidate Bernie Sanders appeared in Seattle last weekend to speak about Medicare and Social Security. The event ended in disaster when two Black Lives Matter (BLM) extremists stormed the stage and forced Sanders to close the rally.
The known socialist addressed an audience of over 15,000 on Saturday, calling Seattle the most progressive city in the country. The audience was mostly white.
Now viewed as dangerous extremists, Black Lives Matter was originally formed after the death of Michael Brown to raise awareness of police brutality against blacks. The group gained notoriety after a series of outbursts in response to politicians (including Hillary Clinton) changing their slogan with the phrase “all lives matter.”
Two black women assaulted the podium during Sanders’ speech saying they would shut him down if not allowed to talk. Despite being told they would be given the microphone after Sanders was finished, the two women continued screeching until Sanders was forced to shut down the rally.
The protestors demanded four and one-half minutes of complete silence to honor the memory of Michael Brown, a young black man who was shot and killed by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri abut a year ago. A few individuals shouted profanities, but most of the crowd obeyed the request.
Marissa Johnson and Mara Willaford, co-founders of the Seattle chapter of BLM, published a violent statement on Facebook after the rally. The activists were upset that Sanders did not “address their concerns” by showing support for the BLM movement. They were also upset by his lack of response to a movement that took place at Netroots earlier this year.
“White progressives…are utterly and totally useless in terms of the fight for black lives,” says the BLM Facebook page. The statement referred to the “tyranny of white supremacy” in Seattle and included the surprising threat that all “presidential candidates should expect to be shut down and confronted every step along the way of this presidential campaign.”
Sanders took to Twitter to share his thoughts: “I am disappointed that two people disrupted a rally attended by thousands at which I was invited to speak about fighting to protect Social Security and Medicare. I was especially disappointed because on criminal justice reform and the need to fight racism there is no other candidate for president who will fight harder than me.”
Even small business owners who painted “black owned” on shop fronts were not spared during the riots in Oakland and Baltimore. Many believe Black Lives Matter is out of control. They appear to have set their sights on the upcoming election. Despite the fact that Bernie Sanders is making race equality a priority, his campaign speeches continue to be interrupted by thugs.
Last Saturday wasn’t the first time Sanders’ campaign has suffered at the hands of BLM. The Senator was similarly attacked during a speech in Phoenix last month. These experiences prompted him to hire Symone Sanders – a black radical – as his spokeswoman. But the fact remains that Bernie Sanders is white. Will Symone be enough to protect him from BLM thugs throughout the rest of his campaign?