President Joe Biden was briefly interrupted by a climate protester Thursday in Arizona, agreeing to meet with the protester after his speech to discuss climate change if he would “shush up.”
The climate protester were pressuring the president to declare a national emergency on the climate crisis which would unlock sweeping new federal regulations and funds to combat the climate emergency.
“Why have you yet to declare a climate emergency?” the protester yelled, interrupting the president’s remarks about protecting democracy and honoring the late Sen. John McCain at Tempe Center for the Arts. “Hundreds of Arizonans have died.”
While some in the crowd shushed and booed the interrupting protestor, Biden responded with a calming hand gesture before telling the protestors that he would meet up with them “immediately after this” if they “shush up.”
“If you shush up, I’ll meet with you immediately after this,” the president said to resounding applause from the crowd.
If you shush up, I’ll meet with you immediately after this.
Biden continued his remarks saying: “Democracy is never easy, as we just demonstrated.”
Photos from the event show the male heckler being removed from the Tempe Center for the Arts.