A leading Democratic candidate in the 2020 elections was interrupted on Saturday by a demonstrator on stage.
Senator Kamala Harris answered a question about equal pay when a man came and took the microphone from her.
I apologized to organizers of the Californian event she was talking to. A number of other 2020 candidates were also present.
The protester was identified as a 24-year-old animal rights activist named Aidan Cook.
He represented the animal rescue group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), which released a press release after the stunt.
When the protester picked up Ms. Harris' microphone, she said he wanted her attention to be "a much bigger idea" than the gender gap she had spoken of.
Social media users quickly became aware of the irony of a man who interrupted Mrs. Harris while discussing her plans for gender equality.
A number of people, including the Senator's man, succeeded in removing Mr. Cook from the stage.
After his removal, Ms. Harris returned to the debate and said she was "all right" despite the disruption. 1
We sincerely regret that a protester has received access to the stage in our forum today, and apologize to Sen. @KamalaHarris . The demonstrator was removed and the program continued. The members of MoveOn rejoiced that Harris continued to discuss their big idea for equal pay.
– MoveOn (@MoveOn) June 2, 2019