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When Those Two Progressive White Guys Got Heckled By ‘Black Lives Matter’ Activists

Filed under: General — Dana @ 4:36 pm

[guest post by Dana]

So today, Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) were both interrupted and heckled by protesters during their back-to-back appearances at the progressive Netroots Nation conference.

According to Dave Weigel of the Washington Post:

Demonstrators began chanting, “What side are you on?” during a Q&A session with O’Malley. O’Malley allowed the protesters to finish, but drew boos when he said that “black lives matter, all lives matter, white lives matter”. O’Malley later admitted that he made a mistake in his choice of words, and said he did not mean any disrespect.

O’Malley was eventually forced off stage.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders also faced protesters:

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.

The Vermont senator faced chants and heckling as well, but Sanders continued talking. Asked what he had done in the Senate to benefit black Americans, he started to talk about the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

“We can’t afford that!” heckled Elle Hearns, a 28-year-old Ohio coordinator for the LGBT rights group GetEqual.

And again, O’Malley tried to regain footing:

“I think that all of us as Americans have a responsibility to recognize the pain and grief throughout our country from all of the lives that have been lost to violence, whether that’s violence at the hands of police, whether that’s violence at the hands of civilians,” he said.

“Stop trying to generalize this s—!” yelled Ashley Yates, a 30-year-old activist from Oakland, Calif.

Statements followed:

Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn, issued a statement which said: “The presidential candidates’ responses today to the powerful protest led by black activists at Netroots Nation … make clear that all Democratic candidates have work to do in understanding and addressing the movement for black lives.Hillary Clinton did not make an appearance at the conference.

A joint statement from Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee said: “Black lives matter and we stand in solidarity with every single organizer and activist who stood up and demanded that presidential candidates challenge power and respond to the crushing consequences of structural racism.”

Hillary Clinton did not address racial inequality at the conference as she chose to skip the event.


85 Responses to “When Those Two Progressive White Guys Got Heckled By ‘Black Lives Matter’ Activists”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (86e864)

  2. O’Malley musta forgotten to take off his shirt

    rookie mistake

    happyfeet (831175)

  3. IIRC, from the time of Trayvon’s death to the acquittal of Zimmerman 10580 black youths were killed by guns. Anyone name one?

    Gazzer (ee3742)

  4. For once I have to admit I respect Hillary!’s judgement.

    Steve57 (4c9797)

  5. police aren’t civilians in president o’malley’s america?

    oh goody

    happyfeet (831175)

  6. Why is it these people still don’t get it. Until they take “the black lives matter ” rant to the killers of blacks, i.e. black youts, they are wasting their time.

    Well, maybe not. If all they want is face-time on the news this is fine, but if they really want to save black lives they have to take it to the street….

    Gramps, the original (bc022b)

  7. black lives matter-
    to a organ abortionist

    mg (31009b)

  8. The Guardian needs to define “powerful protest”.

    They said the same thing about Ferguson. So I can’t tell.

    Did the netroots crowd start throwing chairs and burning down the building on Bernie Sanders?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  9. i keep getting bernie sanders mixered up with jennifer saunders

    is it just me?

    happyfeet (831175)

  10. It occurs to me that, as fractured as the Right seems to be, the activists on the Left are completely off the leash. This is going to be fun to watch. Wait until they go after Hillary for being closeted.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  11. mg–

    When Planned Parenthood does those tissue sales, do they sort it out by race and gender?

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  12. lightning sales!

    fetus livers

    6% claimed

    happyfeet (831175)

  13. The numbers say more blacks are aborted.

    mg (31009b)

  14. “Stop trying to generalize this s—!” yelled Ashley Yates, a 30-year-old activist from Oakland, Calif.


    You and O’Malley, and Sanders, etc, only shout “black lives matter!” or care about black lives if they involve people who are as idiotically liberal as you are. By contrast, if you envisioned black people that were along the lines of, say, Thomas Sowell, you’d look up, look down, look all away around, then would go to some other topic that will ping your two-faced liberalism, your two-bit, hollow compassion.

    Mark (6f1d5f)

  15. [Hillary] chose to skip the event …


    bobathome (d0d4f6)

  16. Hah!

    Dr. Frankenstein, behold your monster!

    Patricia (5fc097)

  17. If Black lives truly mattered to those Black protesters, they’d be protesting in front of abortion clinics.

    gahrie (12cc0f)

  18. I too care about the racist Ferguson…..
    Colin. Ferguson.

    I too care about the death of Brown.
    Nicole. Brown.

    jb (d52e5e)

  19. Black olives do matter. They’re called Kalamata but they’re actually from the whole area around Mt. Taygetus. They are the classic preserved olive, and they give the perfect olive oil. Green olives are fine, especially in martinis, but black olives are the queens of olivedom. #BlackOlivesMatter

    #BlackOlivesMatter (dbc370)

  20. 11. mg–

    When Planned Parenthood does those tissue sales, do they sort it out by race and gender?

    Kevin M (25bbee) — 7/18/2015 @ 7:15 pm

    White baby parts go for a premium over black baby parts because of privilege.

    Within both categories girl parts go for 30% less than boy parts.

    Steve57 (d7df7f)

  21. This is such extraordinary nonsense. Imagine if the MFM covered this the way they would if it happened to Team R.

    These activists crack me up.

    JD (3b5483)

  22. i use them a lot for mayonnaise – the brazilian potato salad thinger

    and for pasta salad

    but i never use them to advance the cause of communism to where skeevy Pope Fascist would be all like attaboy happyfeet way to use them olives to strike a blow against capitalism!

    …that has never happened i swear to lutheran jesus

    happyfeet (831175)

  23. if you’re having trouble visualizing

    lutheran jesus wears a lot of izod

    he’s spiffy!

    happyfeet (831175)

  24. Heh… a few more positives…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  25. Hillary would rather be gettin’ her drink on than go to that fever swamp…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  26. a fever swamp of mr. mark’s mares of night

    oh my goodness

    happyfeet (831175)

  27. You just got me in trouble, happy feet… my wife was next to me when I made the mistake of opening that video.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  28. oopers

    happyfeet (831175)

  29. I’m confused by this story. Why was this netroots campaign event chosen to bring up
    the ‘black lives matter’ slogan garbage?

    seeRpea (5a0c4b)

  30. Hillary made a smart move? Wow. Next thing ya know, all the GOP candidates will find a reason to agree with each other unconditionally. *looks at story about Trump’s idiotic POW comments* Son of a gun!

    “I’m confused by this story. Why was this netroots campaign event chosen to bring up
    the ‘black lives matter’ slogan garbage?”

    Because it was a public event with lots of spectators. It was simply easy to get into. Those idiots would crash a news broadcast or a campaign stop if they thought they could get past security.

    tops116 (d094f8)

  31. Interesting that we’ve reached a point in this country where “all lives matter” is racist.

    Jim (a9b7c7)

  32. It would help to read Fred Siegel’s The Revolt Against the Masses and learn how the 60s radicals were particularly about black anger. The Symbionese Liberation Front was white women and black convicts. The women had been volunteering in prison. Much of the domestic terrorism of the 60s was black directed. The book is a history of “Progressivism” in this country since 1900.

    I expect to see a lot of black militant terrorism the next decade. They are angry that “Civil Rights” hasn’t resulted in equal outcomes. Between them and the Muslims, I expect an exciting decade.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  33. where “all lives matter” is racist.

    I want to snicker and say the lunacy of political correctness is mainly roiling a leftwing setting like the Netroots Nations conference, but to me the ultimate canary in the coal mine is the reported amount of such nonsense in today’s US military, spanning issues from GLBT to Nidal-Hassan Islamism.

    When you come right down to it, the figure of Uncle Sam no longer applies to a poster symbolizing the US in 2015. An image of Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner would., April 2015: Two sexual-assault awareness events involving Army ROTC cadets on campuses thousands of miles apart combined to enrage some social-media commenters, trigger an Army Cadet Command review — and probably cause a few sore ankles.

    On April 1, about 15 cadets from Temple University participated in a school-sponsored Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, during which men stumble through a pre-set route while sporting high heels as a way to raise awareness for sexual assault victims. Several cadets walked while wearing Army Combat Uniforms, as did the school’s professor of military science, Lt. Col. Greg Nardi, who runs Temple’s Red Diamond Brigade.

    Military blogs like This Ain’t Hell reported on the cadets weeks later. Around that time, another high-heel walk, this one sponsored by the ROTC brigade at Arizona State University, drew attention when a screen shot of a message allegedly from an ASU cadet complaining about his school’s event landed on Reddit’s Army channel, the Facebook page of U.S Army W.T.F! Moments, and other sites.

    Army Cadet Command refused to answer questions regarding the ASU event or the alleged complaints posted online, nor would officials make the school’s professor of military science, Maj. Michelle Bravo, available for an interview.

    Another Army spokesman confirmed what many commenters pointed out: Regardless of intent, wearing civilian shoes with the ACU is a violation of Army Regulation 670-1, which states, in part, that “[w]earing a combination of civilian and military clothing is prohibited, unless prescribed in this regulation or directed by the Secretary of the Army.” Similar language is included in Cadet Command Regulation 670-1, which offers ROTC-specific uniform guidelines.

    Despite this, Temple cadets are far from the first ACU-wearers to participate in Walk a Mile events, including some sanctioned by military bases or Army support groups:

    Photos of soldiers in ACUs and heels accompany an April 2013 news release from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, detailing a walk co-sponsored by the installation.

    Soldiers in heels marched in 2011 as part of a walk organized by Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Army Community Service’s Family Advocacy Program.

    The Defense Department in 2011 posted video on its official blog of soldiers in heels walking in an unidentified event.

    Come to think of it, the Islamcists actually may have a valid point about the nature of the Western World, certainly in the 21st century.

    Mark (6f1d5f)

  34. When amidst young “progressives”, have some compassion and remember that every one of them is a tragedy to one family or other.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  35. UPDATE–This is where we are now: After the Netroots thing yesterday, O’Malley appeared on a digital interview program entitled “This Week In Blackness” (Yes!–not an SNL skit) and apologized for saying that white lives matter.

    This is where we are now.

    Kevin Stafford (df475d)

  36. I almost pity John Kerry and the Quaker Oats box-looking fellow, as I watch Chris Wallace patiently dismantle the “Iran Nuke Deal” while interviewing the schmucks.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  37. Colonel Sanders in 2016!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  38. Since you said “Colonel Sanders”, the Hillary Special:

    Yes, it’s from 2008.

    nk (dbc370)

  39. I think if Republicans win the election next year, the black radicals will go nuts. They will know they have lost their edge with this administration which reminds me a bit of Zimbabwe. I expect to see some nastiness next yea in the fall if the polls show the D losing.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  40. the failmerican media’s been honing its violence-fomenting skills for a reason Dr. K

    happyfeet (831175)

  41. i’ll believe “black lives matter” when blacks start acting like it, and abandon the thug life culture that kills so many of them, whether it be via blacks killing blacks or violent crimes that get them killed by cops or armed citizens who refuse to be a victim.

    until then, i’ll just watch the sad spectacle of what was once a great country being torn apart by ignorant idiots who prefer “belief” over reality.

    there are whole sections of Los Angeles that i no longer feel safe traveling to or through, espesially since the LAPD denies me my Constitutional right to self-defense.

    redc1c4 (6d1848)

  42. …especially…. #DOH!

    redc1c4 (6d1848)

  43. and the similarities between these crowds of unhinged fanatics and Mao’s “Red Guards” of the Cultural Revolution should worry anyone with an appreciation of history…

    between these idiots, the NBPP and the “Nation of Islime”, with everyone out to “get whitey”, they keep striking matches like this, and, sooner or later, a fuse will get lit. the outcome may not be what they have in mind though.

    redc1c4 (6d1848)

  44. this is the moveon hooch what’s saying the Dem candidates are deficiently up to speed about the black lives movement

    whatever you say sweetie

    happyfeet (831175)

  45. R.I.P. actor Alex Rocco

    Icy (0aba06)

  46. Someone ask Clinton to clarify which lives do not matter.

    DaMav (ee1908)

  47. the ones that can’t afford to donate to her charity, of course… 😎

    redc1c4 (269d8e)

  48. 41.the failmerican media’s been honing its violence-fomenting skills for a reason Dr. K

    Boy, you sure nailed that one happyfeet. I was just talking with a buddy about that very subject this past week. There has been a ramping up of hate, intolerance and hostility on the left and it’s been accelerating over the past few years. Even liberal people I’ve known for years have become impossible to have a conversation with because they break out into a personal hate-filled diatribe after two sentences. I actually taped lefty going crazy at my watering hole with my phone and when I replayed it for him he looked me in the eye and told me it wasn’t him and I was lying! This in front of 4 other people who were watching the spectacle. It’s scary. They’re getting crazier and crazier and they don’t even recognize it when it’s on tape.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  49. Who was Alex Rocco?

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  50. Played Moe Green int e Godfather. I read once that he was actually a two bit hoodlum back east before moving to LA to become an actor.

    Gazzer (ee3742)

  51. Moe Green in The Godfather may have been his best known role.

    DRJ (1dff03)

  52. REP. LUIS GUTIERREZ: Every time a little thing like this happens, they use the most extreme example to say it must be eliminated [emphasis added]. – See more at:

    This statement from a sitting representative, Luis Gutierrez, was in response to a question from Janet Rodríguez of Telemundo. No follow u was asked or offered. Can you see the hate and lack of respect for human live from the democtrat/leftist position? So no all lives don’t matter. If you’re a socialist, a communist, a Nazi, a fascist, a moslem and now apparently a democrat too.

    Hoagie (f4eb27)

  53. That was No follow up…..

    And the question was in regard to the murder of Steinle by a 5 times deported illegal alien criminal. ‘a little thing”. What a pig!

    Hoagie (f4eb27)

  54. Great minds, DRJ, great minds.

    Gazzer (ee3742)

  55. NN: whitebread city

    mojo (a3d457)

  56. Think Rocco had a good role in one of my faves, “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” with Robert Mitchum.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  57. mr. mitchum raised him up at least one stalwart conservative republican boy, but in failifornia

    not in failmerica proper where he mighta done some good

    happyfeet (831175)

  58. can’t we have just one lil post celebrating the gloriousness of Mr. Donald Trump pinning a polaroid picture of Meghan’s Coward Daddy’s cowardwhore ass on the bulletin board of history’s greatest sleazy self-aggrandizing cowardsluts, there to remain for time immemorial?

    it’s so cool

    this like NEVER happens

    the slutwhore uniform-disgracer from Arizona – who dined out on his hanoi hilton hhonors points to a degree that never fails to astound and amaze other cardholders – has actually managed to take the shine off the post-vietnam cachet of being a powpow

    and this is the weekend it definitively happened

    good job, Mr. Trump – but you couldn’t have done it without the indefatigably anti-american contributions of Meghan’s Cowardwhore Daddy

    and to think this sleazewhore cong-fellator was once the Republican Party nominee for president

    may you live in interesting times indeed

    happyfeet (831175)

  59. Rocco also did a hilarious turn on That Thing You Do.

    He was also on Magic City.

    “The Corleone’s ain’t go that kinda muscle no more”.

    That’s all I ever saw him do.

    Donald (a3e75f)

  60. Colonel, you’ll like this. When Mitchum met his wife he said, “Stick with me kid and you’ll be farting through silk.”

    Gazzer (ee3742)

  61. I did like Moe Green. Also the guy who played Clemenza, Richard Castellano who does in 1988 at only 55.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  62. When Mitchum met his wife

    Mitch once rented a house from a friend of my wife’s when she was going to be gone for a year. I forget where she went but when she came back, her neighbor Hugh O’Brien who lived down the hill, came by and told her to have her gardner take out all the marijuana plants Mitch had planted on her hill.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  63. can’t we have just one lil post celebrating the gloriousness of Mr. Donald Trump pinning a polaroid picture of Meghan’s Coward Daddy’s cowardwhore ass on the bulletin board of history’s greatest sleazy self-aggrandizing cowardsluts, there to remain for time immemorial?

    good point Mr. happy

    very good point

    happyfeet (831175)

  64. At first that bothered me, but then I saw that McCain had opened his piehole first in a worse way calling the people of Arizona to whom he had promised a fence and gave only cheap beer “crazies”.

    nk (dbc370)

  65. Yes, but Trump answered just as as badly saying he doesn’t like “losers” and he “likes people who weren’t captured.”

    If Trump wanted to insult McCain, he should have left every other POW out of it.

    Instead he managed to insult everyone who has ever been captured, not just McCain.

    Steve57 (7aa1f2)


    Will this P.O. the #BlackLivesMatter crowd or what?

    David A. Clarke, Jr.
    ✔ @SheriffClarke

    Obama’s shoulder shrug on these brave soldiers massacred in TN is because none of them look like Trevon Martin.

    Steve57 (7aa1f2)

  67. These days, the Onion is simply getting out the news first. Here’s an example:

    Safe for everyone except maybe Steve.

    nk (dbc370)

  68. Everyday has been a sad day for me, nk, ever since the whole bogus Tailhook “scandal” broke and we began our collapse.

    Well, just about every day. I’ve managed to eke out a good one here and there.

    Steve57 (7aa1f2)

  69. This is the sensible Dem candidate who didn’t subject herself to the nutroots.

    1) Is it any wonder that aircrew (male and female) who had to ferry this thing around while she was First Lady designated her aircraft “Broomstick One.”

    2) I despise Donald Trump but his hair is off-limits unless this is up for discussion.

    Steve57 (7aa1f2)

  70. The best chance to fix the lying GOP is to have Trump kill it. Go after Boehner next.
    Lock and Load Donald.
    Cruz/West 2016

    mg (31009b)

  71. Seems to be quite a few bald people jealous of Trump’s hair.

    mg (31009b)

  72. Trump and Christie should both be taken for a one-way boat ride off the coast of New Jersey, in 55-gallon drums topped off with a sack of cement. Might have to use two or three drums for Christie. You can use a Thermos for Trump if you give him an enema first.

    nk (dbc370)

  73. nk – But you will vote for either one if they win the nomination, I assume.

    mg (31009b)

  74. but then I saw that McCain had opened his piehole first in a worse way calling the people of Arizona to whom he had promised a fence and gave only cheap beer “crazies”.

    In a Nidal-Hassan-ized society, calling Americans exasperated with decades of illegal immigration “crazies” does not trigger the politically-correct meter of indignation and condemnation.

    Mark (6f1d5f)

  75. No! I will vote CPUSA first. If either of those creeps gets the nomination, the world will be a better place if the GOP ceases to exist.

    nk (dbc370)

  76. Same thing with all the talk about Trump being a third-party spoiler. If the GOP cannot make a third-party candidate irrelevant in a national election, then let it move to England where it will still have a chance.

    nk (dbc370)

  77. the world will be a better place if the GOP ceases to exist.

    That’s pretty much the way things are today throughout increasing sections of the US, where blue-state voting habits and politicians are the built-in default.

    Coming to a theater near you.

    Mark (6f1d5f)

  78. “…Hillary Clinton did not address racial inequality at the conference as she chose to skip the event.” But she did watch on TV with a big bowl of popcorn and a double vodka collins, hold the collins

    Mike S. (f5d617)

  79. Loudmouth soup and the pregnant jersey plumpkin are two of many who need to vanish.

    mg (31009b)

  80. Seriously, if the GOP establishment continues to be Democrat lite, in the process sucking up the money and the votes from the conservatives who are fooled by the “R” label, then we would be better off without them. But where’s our Abraham Lincoln for a new party.

    nk (dbc370)

  81. Here’s Hillary on Netroots and Black Lives Matter:

    Wesley Lowery You chose not to speak at Netroots Nation this weekend, two of your Democratic primary rivals did — both were interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters, who asked: “As the leader of this nation, will you advance a racial justice agenda that will dismantle — not reform, not make progress — but will begin to dismantle structural racism in the United States?”

    How would you have answered?
    182 · 10 hrs
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    Hillary Clinton Black lives matter. Everyone in this country should stand firmly behind that. We need to acknowledge some hard truths about race and justice in this country, and one of those hard truths is that that racial inequality is not merely a symptom of economic inequality. Black people across America still experience racism every day. Since this campaign started, I’ve been talking about the work we must do to address the systemic inequities that persist in education, in economic opportunity, in our justice system. But we have to do more than talk – we have to take action. For example – we should make sure every police department in the US has body cameras. We should provide alternatives to incarceration for low-level offenders. We should invest in early childhood education for every child. We should fight for voting rights and universal voter registration. You will continue to hear me talking about these issues throughout this campaign and pushing for real solutions. -H

    Dana (86e864)

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  83. So is this confirmation that using the term ‘Black’ as a reference to a race of people in now Politically Correct again?

    seeRpea (27b891)

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