Looks like Jeb Bush is getting the Bernie Sanders treatment. Wednesday evening, a group of protesters shouting, “Black Lives Matter,” shut down the Republican presidential candidate’s Las Vegas rally, after the former Florida governor failed to say how he personally relates to issues of police brutality and racial justice.

Instead of coming out forcefully on the side of equality, Bush remained neutral, saying he hopes to help institutions will serve communities better.

“We have serious problems and these problems have gotten worse in the last few years,” he told the crowd. “Communities, people no longer trust the basic institutions in our society that they need to trust to create, to make things work.”

He continued: “The best way to solve these problems are the way that I believe Charleston solved it, rather than communities that where there was denial that there was not a serious problem.”

Bush’s answer didn’t satisfy the diverse crowd, who also pressed him on immigration reform. When his answers fell flat, activists began chanting “Black lives matter” in protest. Soon after, Bush ended the event.

One attendee, shared her account of the rally with me on Twitter.

Over the weekend, activists associated with the #BlackLivesMatter movement in Seattle prevented Bernie Sanders from addressing a crowd of supporters, and Wednesday, Hillary Clinton met with #BlackLivesMatter activists in New Hampshire after they were reportedly banned from entering her event.

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  • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser

    I guess this should make the Sanders-fellaters happy, but it won’t.

  • Mitch

    A note to BLM…..the president still has roughly 18 months in office, why not put pressure on him. Why not protest wherever he appears in public. Why not go to where he is vacationing and protest. Oh, and lets not forget about the congressional black caucus members. They don’t deserve a pass.

  • Chazz A

    While I commend the BLM for their efforts, I believe trying to get anything out of Jeb Bush is useless. He is a one percent elite and doesn’t give a damn about our struggle. And lets not forget how he helped his big brother hi-jack the Florida vote when he was Governor. Former president and former CIA director Bush Sr has kept his boys busy over the years and the Bush Klan is not about to fold under pressure due to their arrogance and access to power.


    Is it just me or does Jeb Bush look physically unhealthy???