VIDEO: Watch The Moment Secret Service Take Down Animal Rights Protester To The Ground
Secret Service agents have arrested an animal rights protester who tried to rush the stage at the Hillary Clinton rally.
Video shows the moment that demonstrator Kelsey Atkinson was tackled to the floor by agents after she tried to interrupt the Democratic presidential candidate's speech at a school in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday.
It was the second time in a week that animal rights protesters from far-left group Direct Action Everywhere have tried to disrupt a Clinton rally.
Last week, in Las Vegas, four agents rushed to the stage to protect Clinton and quickly surrounded her after a group of activists crossed the barrier near her podium shouting about animal rights, Washington Examiner reports.
'You're okay,' one agent had told Clinton. 'Keep talking. We'll handle it. We're not going anywhere. Keep talking, ma'am.'
Clinton has used the disruption as an opportunity to take a jab at her Republican rival Donald Trump, saying: 'Okay, we're going to keep talking.'
'Apparently, these people are here to protest Trump,' she added. 'Because Trump and his kids have killed a lot of animals, so thank you for making that point.'
Last week was the first time that Clinton's agents have had to rush to protect her, although agents from Trump and Bernie Sanders' details have had to step in earlier on the campaign trails.
But less than one week later, Clinton's agents were forced to take action again after Atkinson, wearing an 'Animal liberation now' shirt, tried to storm the stage.
The protester was tackled to the floor and dragged out of the rally screaming 'animal liberation now!'
Clinton never paused in her speech.
Atkinson, who is an apparent Bernie Sanders supporter, from San Francisco, was sitting in the crowd before making a mad dash for the stage, the American Mirror reports.
In a statement, she explained she was protesting at the rally because Clinton takes money from companies such as Costco.
'If we're serious about animal protection, we need to stop funding animal torture and start the process of abolishing the systems that exploit them,' she said.
The incident follows controversial comments from her rival Trump on Tuesday, who appeared to encourage 'Second Amendment supporters' to take action against her to stop her introducing gun control.
'By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,' Trump told a North Carolina rally, saying Clinton would 'abolish the second amendment.'
'Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don't know. But — but I'll tell you what. That will be a horrible day.'
The Secret Service is reported to have had 'more than one conversation' with Trump or his staff about the statement.
Clinton hit back at the comments at the Des Moines rally, saying Trump's statement could be interpreted as an assassination which 'cross(es) a line.'
'His casual cruelty to a Gold Star family, his casual suggestion that more counties should have nuclear weapons, and now his casual inciting of violence,' she said, rebuffing her opponent.
Clinton told her supporters, 'Every single one of these incidents shows us that Donald Trump simply does not have the temperament to be president and commander in chief of the United States.'
Clinton was delivering a shortened version of her stump speech, after arriving late to the rally from two other stops at local businesses, when she commented on Trump's latest controversy.
'Let me say something about, what I think is a critical difference between my opponent and myself: words matter, my friends. And if you are running to be president or if you are President of the Untied States words can have tremendous consequences.'
Leading into counter-assault on Trump, she said, 'Yesterday we witnessed the latest in a long line of casual comments from Donald trump that cross the line.'
She bought up his spat with the Khan family, a topic she's been unwilling to die even as the news cycle has moved on, and alluded to his call to Second Amendment advocates to rise up against her.
Clinton said the behavior is a reminder that the 'stakes have never been higher' than in the current election.
Trump says he was not ordering a hit on her Tuesday when he said there's 'maybe' something gun owners could do to stop her from appointing liberal judges.
'Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment,' Trump said, as he often does. 'And by the way, if – if she gets to pick her judges, [there's] nothing you can do, folks.'
He added, 'Although, the Second Amendment people – maybe there is. I don't know. But I tell you what: That would be a horrible day if – if Hillary gets to put her judges [in].'
Trump campaign aide said he was talking about the power of Second Amendment advocates to unify and keep Clinton from winning.
That's not how the Democrat and some Republicans have interpreted it, however.