Kamala Harris was forced to leave the stage at MoveOn’s “Big Ideas Forum” Saturday after a man rushed her on stage.
In the footage of the incident at MoveOn’s Big Ideas Forum, the male protester is seen entering the stage just as Harris was asked about the gender pay gap in the U.S.
The audience erupted in shock, with shouts of “Hey!” as the man was detained by security.
JUST IN: Protester comes on stage and takes microphone from Sen. Harris during a political forum featuring multiple 2020 presidential candidates in San Francisco on Saturday; protester was taken off stage and Sen. Harris continued with her session. pic.twitter.com/F8zZRB1HvB
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 1, 2019
The man was later identified by activist group Direct Action Everywhere as animal rights activist Aidan Cook, a 24-year-old from Oakland, Calif., who wanted to bring that issue of animal rights to all the candidates but wanted a “conversation” with Harris as one of the California senator’s constituents.
Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), an animal rights organization based in California, said in a statement that the man was an activist who wanted to call on Harris “to support ordinary citizens rescuing animals rather than the factory farms that abuse animals.”
Wayne Hsiung, the founder of the group, said that “families of ordinary Americans are being endangered, and whistleblowers who expose criminal violations are being targeted.”
“The typical voter — especially in the Democratic Party — doesn’t approve, so we’re asking for the party to end its support for corporate Big Ag,” he added.
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) June 1, 2019
Cook was part of a protest organized by Direct Action Everywhere to draw attention to Democratic candidates’ support of animal agriculture and those arrested for rescuing animals from factory farms.
A number of other Democratic presidential candidates attended the event on Saturday, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) ; Corey Booker (N.J.), Bernie Sanders (Vt.) ; and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke — some of them also spoke before Harris ‘ session.
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