Hillary Clinton’s campaign speech at a historically black university in Atlanta was drowned out for over ten minutes by protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement Friday, with Clinton yelling over loud chanting and singing while Atlanta’s mayor and another Democratic lawmaker struggled to quell the clamor.
Clinton’s rally at Clark Atlanta University drew hundreds of students to a campus auditorium, most of them African American. But minutes after she was introduced by John Lewis, the longtime Georgia congressman who is a hero of the civil rights movement, a group of activists stood up and began disrupting her speech with chants of “BLACK LIVES MATTER!”
But with the protesters refusing to let up, Clinton persisted with her speech, raising her voice in order to be heard over the continued chants and snatches of song floating through the crowd. Some members of the audience tried to shout down the protesters, which only added to the commotion. CNN’s Dan Merica tweeted that much of Clinton’s speech was completely inaudible to the traveling press corps.
With the protesters gone, Clinton thanked the mayor and congressman for “[having] her back,” and spoke a few more words about the lengthy disruption. “I appreciate [the protesters’] passion,” she said. “But I’m sorry they weren’t listening, because some of what they’re demanding I am offering and will fight for as president!”
— Brendan Bordelon is a political reporter for National Review.