The annual “Netroots Nation” conference is currently under way in Arizona, and today Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley were interrupted by hecklers whom the organizers of the convention invited up on stage and handed the microphone. This Washington Postreport shows how far around the bend Democrats are right now:
PHOENIX — A forum featuring two of the most liberal candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination was disrupted and taken over Saturday by liberal activists seeking to showcase their concerns for the plight of African Americans. . .
Shortly into O’Malley’s allotted time, his discussion with a moderator was disrupted by more than 100 protesters that included members of Black Lives Matter, a group formed after teenager Trayvon Martin’s shooting in Florida, and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration. . .
The protesters remained as Sanders appeared on stage, and he took a less patient approach.
“Whoa, whoa, let me talk about what I came to talk about for a minute,” the senator said, before launching into a riff on income inequality and steps to address it. …
When Bernie Sanders isn’t left enough for you. . .
O’Malley made several starts at addressing the issues raised but was interrupted. …
Later, O’Malley drew boos as he said: “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.”
After his appearance, O’Malley addressed those comments on a radio show being recorded at the convention hall.
“When I said those other two phrases, I meant no disrespect,” O’Malley told the online radio show “This Week in Blackness.” “I did not mean to be insensitive in any way.”
Please, please, can these folks show up for the Democratic National Convention next summer, with a case of Chicago ’68 envy?
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Lucas Hernon, 30, of Las Cruces, N.M., who’s undecided in the presidential race, said he thought O’Malley handled the situation well except for when he said white lives also matter. “As a white person, we don’t need to be reminded of that,” Hernon said.