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Twitter Reacts To Kamala Harris Being Ambushed By White Male Protester

By Kristy Puchko | Politics | June 3, 2019 |

By Kristy Puchko | Politics | June 3, 2019 |


On Saturday in San Francisco, a Q&A with presidential hopeful Senator Kamala Harris was derailed when a man stormed the stage, heading straight for the senator. The man grabbed her microphone and began a speech as Harris evacuated the stage and security moved in. Video of the incident went viral over the weekend, because of the alarming nature of this ambush and because of the optics that infuriatingly seems to represent American politics now. At the MoveOn Big Ideas Forum, three women of color sat on a panel publically discussing politics when a white man—later identified as animal rights activist Aidan Cook—barged onto their platform and snatched the microphone to steal their voices and shift the conversation to his interests, declaring he has a “much bigger idea” to lecture on. That Harris was answering a question on the gender pay gap is the cherry on top of this horrid display of patriarchal bullshit.

Here’s a video of the moment, wherein the conversation between Harris, political strategist Stephanie Valencia, and campaign organizer Karine Jean-Pierre was disrupted by the pushy protester.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the video.

Here’s Cook’s response to criticism:

First off, f*ck that guy. Secondly, yeah, Cook found little support on Twitter.

As for what Harris had to say about the gender pay gap at the Big Ideas event, I couldn’t actually find quotes online! So congrats, Cook. You sure stole your moment. Thankfully, this wasn’t the first—and likely won’t be the last—time Harris has spoken to the cause of gender parity in salary. Last month, Harris unveiled a policy to close the gender pay gap. She told CNN she’d require companies to receive an “equal pay certification.”

“What I am proposing is we shift the burden,” she explained, “It should not be on that working woman to prove (a gender pay gap exists). It should instead be on that large corporation to prove they are paying for equal work equally. It’s that simple.”

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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