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In Stunning Rebuke, Church Goers Turn Their Backs On Mike Bloomberg As He Addresses The Congregation

On Sunday, Church members attending a historic black church in Selma, Alabama, delivered a stunning rebuke of presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg by turning their backs on him as he addressed the congregation.

Ten minutes into his remarks about voter suppression and the civil rights movement, about a dozen churchgoers at Brown Chapel AME church stood up and turned their backs to the candidate in protest, where they silently stayed in place for the duration of the speech.

The scene took place as Democratic presidential candidates blitz states set to vote on “Super Tuesday” this week.

It was the 55th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when state troopers viciously attacked black civil rights activists who marched over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.

Gathered at the Brown Chapel AME Church just blocks away from the bridge, the anti-Bloomberg churchgoers seemed to evoke the legacy of nonviolent protest immortalized on March 7, 1965.

Congregants turn their backs on Mike Bloomberg in protest as he speaks at Brown Chapel AME church Sunday in Selma, Alabama. Source: Associated Press.

While they didn’t utter a word, the signal they sent was loud and clear: They don’t want the ex-mayor who once championed stop-and-frisk for president.

“I have tried to listen and I have tried to learn,” Bloomberg told the congregation, echoing his November apology for the controversial policing tactic. “I certainly gave people the opportunity to change my mind.”


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