Radical climate activists rushed the stage during a presidential campaign event for Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
One of the campaign promises of DeSantis is to unleash American energy production.
However, this pledge has prompted opposition from leftist “climate change” activists and green agenda organizations.
Climate activists disrupted a DeSantis event multiple times on Thursday.
During one incident, a leftist rushed the stage with a banner and was tackled by the candidate’s armed security, according to The Hill.
The incident occurred in Ames, Iowa — the home of Iowa State University, which prompted a snide remark about the current state of college campuses from DeSantis.
The protesters were later identified as members of the climate activist group known as the Sunrise Movement.
Fox News reported that Gov. DeSantis was delivering a speech to a gathering of Iowa voters when a protester rushed the stage and attempted to unfurl a yellow and black banner that read: “DESANTIS: CLIMATE CRIMINAL.”
The activist was tackled to the ground by armed security guards in plainclothes before he could fully do so.
The activist shouted “Ron DeSantis is a climate criminal” and “How much money are you taking from oil companies?” as he was wrestled into custody and removed from the event.
A voter in the audience yelled, “That’s what’s wrong with our colleges.”
DeSantis responded by pointing to the protester and said, “That is (what’s) wrong with the college system right there. That’s exhibit A.”
At another point during the campaign event, another protester interrupted DeSantis to repeatedly demand his “plan to stop the climate crisis,” but the candidate fired back, “Excuse me, I’m doing this.”
The protester feigned as though he was just asking an innocent question but continued to interrupt before security dragged him away as DeSantis countered:
“You’re interrupting and you’re being rude.
“Everyone else is listening.
“And you’re butting in. I don’t care.
“I know you have an agenda.
“I know you have an agenda. Stop.”
Yet another protester interrupted at another point and, echoing prior insults about the governor’s height from the Trump campaign, asked DeSantis, “Are your heels padded by fossil fuel CEOs?” and repeatedly shouted, “One inch or two?” as she was also hauled away by security.
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The Des Moines Register reported that Gov. DeSantis largely laughed off the interruptions by the climate activists and even joked in his remarks to the crowd about one of the protesters, “He wants you to pay more for gas, more for energy.
“He wants rolling blackouts in this country.”
DeSantis later told reporters, “We take questions from folks all the time.”
“Yeah, I’m not going to let these, these numbnuts rush the stage or do anything like that, but I mean people that ask, you know, normal, respectful questions, we’re happy to do,” he added.
Shortly after the incident, the far-left progressive Sunrise Movement group took credit for the disruption.
In an X post, the group said:
“Lately, DeSantis has been seeing us almost as much as he sees his fossil fuel donors.
“And for some reason his security guards aren’t as friendly to us as they are to them.”
The Register reported that the activist group also said in a statement:
“Republican candidates and President Biden are bought and owned by oil and gas millionaires.
“Biden is overseeing more oil and gas production than at any time in US history while Trump and Haley take check after check from the fossil fuel industry.
“Young people deserve leaders who will fight for clean air and drinkable water.
“Whether it’s DeSantis, Biden, or Trump, no politician is safe.”