By Wills Robinson on August 12, 2015
Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has been forced to abandon a rally early because of a protest from Black Lives Matter.The former governor of Florida was in Las Vegas for a town hall meeting on Wednesday when he answered a question on racial inequality.
An advocate in the crowd of around 150 then started to chant their slogan, so he quickly ended his speech and left the venue without making a final statement or shaking hands with members of the audience.
The music he plays when he walks off stage is heard in the background of a video as the civil rights group keep shouting the mantra.
Bush was asked about the racial disparities in the criminal justice system that have been exaggerated by black men being killed by white police officers
The former governor of Florida answered a question on racial inequality – sparking chants of ‘Black Lives Matter’ from members of the crowd
It comes just four days after Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders suffered the same fate because of the group’s actions during an appearance in Seattle. In the past week members have also turned up to one of Hillary Clinton’s events.
Bush was asked about the racial disparities in the criminal justice system that have been exaggerated by black men being killed by white police officers.
He said that ‘these problems have gotten worse in the last few years’ and that communities ‘no longer trust the basic institutions in our society that they need to trust,’ according to CNN.
The GOP prospect then said ‘perception becomes reality, and there really is racism in America’.
Bush has received criticism from the Black Lives Matter movement.
He backed Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley for telling protesters that ‘all lives matter.’
In a statement, his campaign team said they had spoken to members of the group before the rally.
On Tuesday he attacked Democrat Hillary Clinton for her handling of Iraq as secretary of state, saying she must share the blame for the rise of Islamic State militants, in a prelude to a potential general election matchup in 2016.
Black Lives Matter protesters invade Jeb Bush campaign event