Black Lives Matter Protesters Shut Down Bernie Sanders’ Event in Seattle

Sanders: ‘I think it is unfortunate because, among other things, I wanted to talk about the issues of black lives’

Black Lives Matter protesters shut down Sanders event in Seattle (CNN)

Seattle (CNN)Bernie Sanders came to Seattle on Saturday for two events. His first, a rally on Social Security in downtown Seattle, never happened.

Seconds after Sanders took the stage, a dozen protesters from the city's Black Lives Matter chapter jumped barricades around the stage and grabbed the microphone from the senator. Holding a banner that said "Smash Racism," two of the protesters -- Marissa Janae Johnson and Mara Jacqeline Willaford, the co-founders of the chapter -- began to address the crowd.

"My name is Marissa Janae Johnson, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Seattle," she said to sustained boos for an audience that had waited an hour and a half to hear Sanders. "I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is, filled with its progressives, but you already did it for me, thank you.

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