Sunday night at the Colorado Convention Center a fight broke out in the middle of a Bernie Sanders rally. The socialist 2020 presidential hopeful did a rally of thousands of supporters in Denver as a campaign stop before the March 3 Colorado primary.
From CBS4 News:
CBS4’s news camera was capturing video of the event when two men began fighting. They pushed through a metal barrier fence toward the back near the media risers as they grappled with each other and one man knocked the other down onto the ground after lifting him up. They both landed on the ground partially under the stage Sanders was in the middle of delivering his speech from.
Friends of both people quickly intervened and after some more shoving successfully broke up the fight.
It wasn’t immediately clear to CBS4’s crew what the two men were fighting about, but someone contacted CBS4 on Monday by phone and said he is a Sanders supporter and one of the people involved. He said his name is Tyler and that a person with a T-shirt on that read “Black Guns Matter” was with two other men and they were booing during the speech. When Tyler tried to capture video of the booing on his phone’s camera, the man shoved him through the barrier. Tyler then retaliated. It was that action which was captured by CBS4’s camera.
Another video provided to CBS4 by an anonymous viewer shows the moments leading up to the brawl. It allegedly shows Tyler, in a jeans jackets, and another man arguing about the man’s shirt. That man with the “Black Guns Matter” shirt also contacted CBS4, although anonymously. He called Tyler the aggressor and said he is African American.
“He had a problem with the shirt I was wearing,” this man said. “I was recording the event, he walks up and calls me a racist. But I thought, ‘What’s he know about black lives, about discrimination, or, for that matter, the representation of the shirt.’”
Black Guns Matter is a movement started by Maj Toure, a Philadelphia, Pa activist who has been fighting for Second Amendment rights, especially in the black community, because all throughout history the Democratic Party has always found ways to block black Americans from being able to enjoy their right to keep and bear arms.
Naturally you would see people from such movements at a Sanders rally as Bernie is very pro gun control, and gun control does nothing but stop law-abiding citizens from being able to protect themselves, while criminals don’t obey laws in the first place. That’s what make them criminals.
Here’s how it started.
The man continued saying that throughout American history, “Black people and their ability to own firearms has historically been very restricted. The shirt I got from a conceal-carry class.”
He said he agrees with Sanders on a number of policies but definitely not on the right of the people to keep and bear arms..
“I think it’s really a sad thing at a Bernie rally, when someone has a difference of opinion, that someone would be treated like that. I thought it really would be a lot more inclusive than that. It’s not a safe place to express differences. I would expect that sort of thing at a Trump rally.”
Neither one of the men were asked to leave or escorted out. Instead, security told them to separate from each other.
Sanders didn’t pause during his speech at any point during the fight. He acted like he had no idea people were brawling.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr., The Range, Illicit Info and other online publications. “Raised under Reagan, suffered under Clinton”