Presidential candidate Kamala Harris Interrupted But Not Confused By Animal Rights Activist Rushed On Stage During #BigIdeas Forum
It is likely that Kamala Harris, the senator and Democratic presidential candidate didn’t expect that she would have to prove her firmness and cold-blood in the event where nothing as it seemed could go wrong.
The incident happened on Saturday, June 1, 2019, during Harris’ speech at the #BigIdeas forum in San Francisco when an activist rushed the stage and snatched the microphone away from her. Surprisingly there was no Security around at that moment, and the only person who tried to save the situation was moderator Karine Jean-Pierre, MoveOn's chief public affairs officer. She immediately jumped out of her seat with the intent to cut off the man.
But Harris just handed over the mic and almost didn't react to the commotion. The microphone was cut off so no one could hear what the protester's wanted to say.
When the security after all appeared and took the man off the stage, Harris stood up in her cool way and also left the stage mouthing "What is going on?" and "I don't know what's happening."
The announcer addressed to the protester, "Thank you sir, for your Big Idea, but we want to make sure that we are able to get through this."
A minute later Harris yet returned to stage, while the audience was chanting: "Ka-ma-la."
The man who attempted to interrupt the talk was identified as Aidan Cook, a member of Animal activist group. The group themselves claimed responsibility for this awkward incident and its spokesperson, Matt Johnson, told that Cook was not detained nor arrested; he was simply kicked out.
"Cook called on Harris to support ordinary citizens rescuing animals rather than the factory farms that abuse animals, sicken local populations and repress whistleblowing activity," a press release from the group said.
Harris was in her home state for three campaign events on Saturday as she tries to secure the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
She spoke earlier in the day at a Service Employees International Union event, where she addressed financial issues and revoking the Trump administration's tax cuts.
"I am proposing, one, that we deal with the tax code in a way that we reform the tax code so that working families who are making less than $100,000 a year will get a $6,000 tax credit that they can receive it up to $500 a month," she told the union crowd. "On day one, we're gonna get rid of that tax bill, that benefit of the top 1% and the biggest corporations in our country. That's how we're going to pay for it.”
She later spoke at the California Democratic Convention, also in San Francisco, where she was one of 11 candidates given seven minutes each to make their cases for president.