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A woman stood in front of Sen. Bernie Sanders and waved a pro-Trump flag, at times blocking out a camera’s view of the Vermont Democratic socialist as he stumped for Joe Biden in Michigan, where he laid out a policy vision that conflicted with the candidate himself who was campaigning in Florida.
In a video clip of the incident, which occurred as Sanders spoke at Macomb Community College in Warren on Monday, a woman approached the stage where Sanders was speaking, turned to face him before hoisting the flag, which obscured the camera’s view as it fluttered in the wind.
Eventually, the woman, who was not identified, was led away by police and event managers.
A separate video shows the woman interacting with police before sitting down on the ground. Shortly thereafter, a man holding a camera with a long-range lens who appeared to be a journalist ripped the Trump flag away from the woman.
Appears as if the Biden event protester was apprehended by police. pic.twitter.com/AKFEWtBjQ2
— The Recount (@therecount) October 5, 2020
Sanders’ mic was cut off momentarily as the officers dealt with the protester. Beforehand, however, he claimed that Biden backs a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
At various points during his Michigan speeches — one at Warren and another at Ann Arbor, near the University of Michigan — Sanders talked about how Biden also supports implementing climate change measures, erasing college debt, and other government-centric programs normally associated with socialist policies.
That includes a “path towards citizenship” for illegal aliens, Sanders told a small crowd in Ann Arbor, near the University of Michigan, adding that Biden would also provide “legal status to 1.8 million” people “eligible” under the Obama-era DACA program. Sanders also said that Biden will “end ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids.”
He also made an appeal to young Americans, calling them “the most progressive” in the country’s history and suggesting they are “prepared for a new vision as to what our country can and must become.”
The socialist-like platform Sanders was touting on Biden’s behalf, however, directly conflicted with the message the candidate himself was conveying to potential voters in the crucial swing state of Florida.
As he campaigned in Miami, Biden was quick to remind people that he beat “the socialist” in the primaries this year, a reference to his campaign surrogate in Michigan.
“Look, I’m the guy that ran against a socialist,” Biden said during an NBC-sponsored town hall-style event.
Biden then appeared to dismiss the same young people to which Sanders was making his appeal.
“Remember, I got in trouble with the whole campaign, 20-something candidates? Joe Biden was too centrist, too moderate, too straightforward. That was Joe Biden,” the former vice president said.
In response to a question about how people should respond to President Donald Trump’s campaign, which says a vote for Biden “is a vote for the radical left and socialism and even communism.”
“I look like a socialist?” Biden responded, the Daily Mail reported.
“I am no more a socialist than – or a communist than – Donald Trump is. Well, I won’t say it,” he continued. “Anyway, so they need not worry. Just look at the record. There’s not one single syllable that I have ever said that could lead you to believe that I was a socialist or a communist.”
In Michigan, a spokesman for the Trump campaign responded that Biden and Sanders, policy-wise, are really joined at the hip.
“Joe Biden supports Bernie Sanders and the radical left’s Green New Deal that will ban fossil fuels and decimate Michigan’s auto industry. Meanwhile, President Trump is committed to preserving America’s energy independence while creating an economy that ensures a brighter future for the Great Lakes State,” Michigan Trump campaign spokesman Chris Gustafson told the Detroit Free Press.
Jon is a staff writer for BizPac Review with 30 years' worth of reporting experience, as well as an author and U.S. Army veteran. He has a BA in political science from Ashford University and an MA in national security studies/intelligence analysis from American Military University.
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