Animal Rights Activists Storm Sanders Stage

'We don't get intimidated easily,' he tells Oakland crowd
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2016 1:33 AM CDT
Animal Rights Activists Storm Sanders Stage
Bernie Sanders laughs with actor Danny Glover during Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Bernie Sanders may be the preferred candidate of birds, but his stance on animal rights wasn't good enough for at least five protesters who rushed the stage at a rally in Oakland, Calif., Monday evening. The protesters were intercepted and taken away by several Secret Service agents before they could reach the candidate. Another Secret Service agent rushed to Sanders' side and wrapped his arms around him when the interruption began, reports Reuters. The animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere claimed responsibility, saying that it wants Sanders to get tough on factory farms.

Sanders resumed speaking within minutes, saying: "We don't get intimidated easily." He told the crowd of around 20,000 people that he can win California if turnout is big enough, and that he's the best choice for Democrats because "in virtually every state and national poll, we do much better than Trump than Secretary Clinton does," NBC San Francisco reports. After speaking, he headed for Oracle Arena to catch the second half of the Golden State Warriors' 96-88 Game 7 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. (More Bernie Sanders stories.)

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