Animal Rights Activists Rush Stage at Sanders Rally in Oakland

By Steven Klett, Epoch Times
May 31, 2016 11:36 am Last Updated: May 31, 2016 11:54 am

Members of the animal rights activists group, “Direct Action Everywhere,” jumped over a barricade as Bernie Sanders addressed thousands in Oakland, California on Memorial Day, reports NBC

The protesters were stopped by the Secret Service, who protected the candidate, briefly bringing him away from the microphone before continuing with his speech.

“We don’t get intimidated easily,” Sanders said afterward.

Video shows one of the protesters being hit by a Secret Service member’s night stick. 

Zachary Groff, the protest organizer and spokesman for “Direct Action Everywhere” said that five members of the group were detained for a couple hours and were released without charge. 

While Sanders is the most progressive candidate, the group claims he’s not progressive enough on factory farming, and the protest was to try and bring him in a more progressive direction:

“Sanders claims to oppose ‘factory farming,’ but what he hides is that virtually all farms in the United States, including farms he supports, are essentially factory farms,” said Groff, 24.

“This was a success. We got the whole country talking about animal rights. You can’t really be progressive and oppose animal rights.’ 

California will be the biggest prize on June 7, when voting takes place, with North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, New Jersey, and Montana also voting the same day. The District of Columbia will be the last to vote, on June 14.

Both Sanders and Hillary Clinton have stepped up their campaign in California. 

Sanders donned a Golden State warriors hat as he spoke to the crowd and showed up to the Warriors’ dramatic seventh game where they came from behind and won against Oklahoma City Thunder in the Conference Finals. 

Clinton’s campaign announced that she plans to return to the state on Thursday earlier than expected, and will campaign here through the eve of the primary. She’s also bought more than a million dollars in advertising in the state. 

Regardless of the outcome in California, Clinton is set to clinch the majority of delegates on June 7 with her needing 77 delegates (including superdelegates). 

Losing California, however, would be sure to dampen her victory, as it’s a state she won in 2008 against Barack Obama, and it’s also a state that her husband Bill Clinton won in 1992 against current governor Jerry Brown. 

Brown endorsed Clinton on Tuesday, May 31 saying, “I have decided to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton because I believe this is the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump.”