Protesting kids all over the country puffed, swooned and yelled “Bernie! Bernie!” on Wednesday at the Capitol as Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrived to
talk yell loudly at people at a gun control rally.
Senator Sanders arrived as Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., was speaking, and she had to stop as the crowd of kids screamed and rushed to see the popular senator.
“Is he coming?” Esty asked as she lowered her megaphone.
Sanders was coming. Seconds later, he started making his way toward the stage, fighting his way through the crowd of high school fans who swarmed him.
Numerous kids took selfies with the 76-year-old senator, and event organizers had to plead with the crowd to let him through.
He only spoke for about a minute.
“We are very proud of what you are doing. You the young people of this country are leading the nation and the Congress…” Sanders said as the rest of his words were drowned out by the cheering kids.
Sanders exited just as he entered: surrounded by a mob of kids, many of which probably weren’t old enough to vote.
“Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!” they chanted.
“Oh my god! Oh my god!” one high schooler could be heard screaming as he left.
A national school walk-out was held today by students protesting gun violence across the country, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders joined students in DC marching on the U.S. capitol.
So did his armed guards.
In multiple locations, students hit the streets and parking lots in their respective school districts to “walk out’” in solidarity with the Parkland students who are calling for more gun control after their school attacked by a deranged gunman. 17 students died in the attack. The former presidential candidate was part of a group of progressive congressmen addressing the Washington, DC march.
Sanders began a live stream of his speech on his Facebook page, which featured him wading through the crowd of cheering students and shaking hands. As Sanders traveled through the gun-control crowd, at least three heavily armed Capitol police officers could be seen protecting him and clearing a way for the Senator through the students. Multiple times in the live feed, the police can be heard asking the students to step back and move away from Sanders.
In his megaphoned-speech to the crowd, Sanders called for the “courage to take out the NRA” and common sense gun control.
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