Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders left a campaign event in Seattle without giving his speech today (Saturday) after Black Lives Matter activists rushed the podium to deliver their message.

Black Lives Matter Movement Interrupts Presidential Candidate

Sanders was about to commence his speech in front of several thousand people gathered at Westlake Park in Seattle when two women took over the microphone. Before Sanders stepped back, one of the women began shouting ““If you do not listen to her, your event will be shut down right now!”. Feeling like the presidential hopeful is apathetic to the Black Lives Matter movement, the women became quite boisterous, demanding they have the mic to address the African American plight in America.


After being given the microphone, and after the crowd booed, it’s reported one of the women said, “I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is …. but you already did it for me.”

Also, One of the pair called for four-and-a-half minutes of silence in remembrance of Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, nearly a year ago.

At one point there was a struggle as event organizers tried to regain control, before they called the speech off.

“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,” Sanders said. “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.”

This isn’t the first time Bernie Sanders has been approached with this type of spontaneity. On July 18, Sanders tried to address a crowd of roughly 3,000 at the Netroots Nation event in Phoenix but was interrupted by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Black Lives Matter Movement Interrupts Presidential Candidate