GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush had to leave a town hall event early this Wednesday after Black Lives Matter activists interrupted about halfway through the gathering.
This marks the first time the movement has targeted a GOP candidate, coming off demonstrations that interrupted speeches by Bernie Sanders, first in the Netroots conference in Arizona, and then again this weekend in Seattle.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Bush left the event in Las Vegas without giving a closing statement.
From the LA Times:
Bush, responding to a woman’s query about the disproportionate number of minorities killed by police and their treatment in the criminal justice system, said there was no question that racism still existed in the United States and that leaders needed to engage in communities that felt disenfranchised. He then turned to his education record as Florida’s governor, saying that achievement scores among minority youths rose during his tenure.
It was then, according to the Times, that a few dozen protesters raised their fists behind him and began chanting, “Black Lives Matter!”
Competing chants of “Black Lives Matter!” and a few “White Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter” pic.twitter.com/7J8wYgJ6Zf
— Seema Mehta (@LATSeema) August 13, 2015
Some of the Bush supporters turned back toward the BLM activists and chanted, “All Lives Matter!” and “White Lives Matter!” Two women, one a protester and the other a Bush supporter, stood in each other’s faces with their middle fingers raised.
Watch footage of the protest in the video below: