— UPDATED: 5/30/16 11:04pm
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Secret Service Rush Stage At Bernie Sanders Oakland Rally

The Secret Service leapt to Bernie Sanders' protection after several people appeared to try to rush the stage.

This is a pretty scary scene. During his Oakland rally, attended by well over 15,000 people, the Secret Service rushed to Bernie Sanders' side and pulled him back from the stage.

CNN reports:

At least four people at a Bernie Sanders rally in Oakland rushed the stage Monday evening, spurring Secret Service agents to jump onto the raised platform and protect him.

The Democratic presidential candidate was uninjured and continued speaking, but not before several agents hugged him and pushed him away from the microphone. The identities of the individuals, who yelled as they approached the stage, were not immediately known. They were apprehended and led away by Secret Service from the podium at the Frank Ogawa Plaza, where the rally was being held.

After the events of Monday night in Northern California, Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said, "It was handled professionally by the Secret Service."

It's unclear what the motives of the people rushing the stage were, but I'm glad it was handled well and safely by the Secret Service.

Update: According to the Associated Press, the folks rushing the stage were animal rights activists.

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