A CODEPINK protester interrupted Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama’s speech to slam presumed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence during the Republican National Convention Monday.
Holding up a sign that read “We Can Stop Way,” 27-year-old Washington, D.C. native screamed Alli McCracken, “stop Mike Pence’s war on women.
McCracken told reporters after being removed from the Quicken Loans arena she found her credentials allowing her near the politicians on the road.
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“I was going to wait until Trump was speaking because I think it’s really, really important to speak out against his rhetoric, but I saw Mike Pence right there near me, and as a woman I am particularly offended by Mike Pence’s war on women and the things he has done to restrict reproductive rights,” she alleged. “He’s even tried to restrict equal pay for women – so I felt compelled the moment that I saw him and so I stood up.
The events attendees quickly reacted to McCracken’s demonstration, shouting “U.S.A.” while a crowd member tried to removed the sign for her hands.
“The woman in front of me yanked my banner,” she continued. “I’m a nonviolent protester, I’m only using my voice to get my message across and I don’t think that she needed to yank my banner so hard.
McCracken went on to slam Trump for his foreign policy, saying her activist group wants to demilitarize America.
“Trump’s Islamophobic rhetoric is what justifies war, and at CODEPINK we want the U.S. to get out of all wars all over the Middle East and all over the world,” she said. “We want to shut down all 800 military bases the U.S. has and we want to say black lives matter here in the U.S.”
McCracken was quickly escorted out by police and her credentials were removed.
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