Bernie Sanders' Secret Service Caught Attacking Protestors

Jun. 1 2016, Updated 6:51 p.m. ET

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Election 2016 is getting violent! A new video has surfaced showing Bernie Sanders' Secret Service detail beating protestors with batons. Find out why.

Sanders was speaking to his supporters at a rally in Oakland when animal rights activists from Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) charged at Sanders and chanted "animal liberation now!"

The Secret Service surrounding Sanders immediately stopped the protesters, using batons to beat them away.

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The chants of the activists got louder as did chants of "Bernie! Bernie!" from his supporters.

At one point, a protester in a hoodie was dragged off by three members of the security team.

After the event ended, Michael Briggs, a Sanders spokesperson said, "It was handled professionally by the Secret Service."

In a press release, DxE hit back, saying, "Activists do not protest at Bernie Sanders rallies in opposition to Sanders himself, but rather to pull Sanders in their direction." They claimed Hillary Clinton has been promoting animal issues even though "it stops far short of what activists would like to see," the statement said. "Activists expect Bernie Sanders, the progressive candidate, to support more radical action to provide animals not just with improved conditions but with legal rights to be free from harm."

The Vermont senator also made headlines recently when he alluded to the possibility of becoming Clinton's vice president. Though Sanders remains solely focused on winning the democratic nomination, the presidential candidate did hint at a possible discussion with Clinton.

When asked on NBC if he would consider joining Clinton's campaign, Sanders laughed and said "What happens the day after, it appears that I am not going to become the nominee, that's subject for further discussion."

Sanders was then asked the same question later by Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. "Well, right now, again, here we are in California, I'm knocking my brains out to win the Democratic nomination," he said. "That's where I am right now. What happens afterwards, we will see. But right now, my focus is on winning the nomination."

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