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‘Black Guns Matter’ shirt reportedly sparks brawl at Bernie Sander’s rally

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Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Colorado campaign rally was the scene of a brief fight between two men reportedly over a shirt that said “Black Guns Matter.”

The Democratic presidential candidate was in the middle of speaking to thousands gathered at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on Sunday when the brawl broke out, according to CBS4.


(Source: CBS4 Denver)

Video showed the two men fighting near a metal barrier at the venue near the media risers, as one man knocked the other down. Others intervened to try to stop the fight as they landed partially under the stage where Sanders was speaking.

The Vermont senator continued to deliver his remarks during the incident and the men were not escorted out of the rally, according to CBS4 which reported that security only instructed them to stay away from each other in the crowd.

 

 

Though CBS4’s camera caught the fight as it unfolded, the news outlet reported that it was not clear at the time what prompted the incident. Another video posted on Twitter allegedly showed the moments that led up to the fight. (*Warning for language.)

A man who identified himself as Tyler in a call to CBS4 on Monday alleged that the fight was started by the man wearing a “Black Guns Matter” shirt.

“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,” CBS4 reported.

The other man, who said he is African American, also contacted the news station.

“He had a problem with the shirt I was wearing,” the man, who did not give his name, 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 people and their ability to own firearms has historically been very restricted,” he added. “The shirt I got from a conceal-carry class.”

He also told the outlet that, while he agrees with Sanders on many of his policies, he does not on gun control.

“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,” he said. “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.”

One of Sanders’ 2020 rivals, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, took aim at the senator’s supporters and the bullying tactics they use online in a video posted Monday.

The Colorado incident came one day after protesters, including topless women, rushed the stage at a Sanders campaign event in Carson City, Nevada.

The Colorado rally fight prompted many on social media to weigh in on the behavior of the  so-called “Bernie Bros.”

Frieda Powers

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