Several protesters at Harvard University were escorted out after Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich got “mic checked” during an appearance Friday.
Protesters began screaming as soon as Gingrich took to the microphone, mockingly thanking him for standing up for corporations. Security officials quickly removed the demonstrators from the hall, Boston ABC affiliate WCVB-TV reported. There were no arrests.
In a video posted to YouTube by Occupy Boston, the group is heard shouting the following in the call-and-repeat style that has become the Occupy Wall Street movement’s signature [begins at the 3:40 mark]:
“We love you Newt!”
“Thank you for standing up for corporations!”
“They have rights too!”
“Thank you for understanding — ”
” — that simple point!”
“We are — ”
” — the 99 percent!”
The former House speaker was at Harvard to screen his documentary, “A City Upon a Hill: The Spirit of American Exceptionalism.” He did not appear rattled after the interruption, but said all of his appearances at Harvard have been interesting, the station reported.
Gingrich said later he feels “disoriented” in the wake of recent polls that have him on the rise among his fellow GOP candidates.
“Because as long as everybody thought I was dead in June and July, they didn’t pay any attention to me. When they thought I was just limping along they didn’t pay much attention to me. But I’m now I think – with Romney – we’re probably the two frontrunners,” he said.
Gingrich was similarly interrupted by Occupy protesters a day earlier during a campaign stop in Jacksonville, Fla. Speaking to a crowd of Tea Party supporters, several Occupy demonstrators shouted “mic check!” and “the 99 percent!” toward the end of his nearly 90-minute appearance, CNN reported.
“Hold on, I want to answer you directly,” Gingrich said to the demonstrators as his own supporters cheered him on. “There is no such thing in America as 99 percent. We are all 100 percent Americans. We are all part of America.”