Protesters Interrupt Joe Biden During Third Democratic Debate

“We are DACA recipients. Our lives are a risk,” protesters appeared to shout

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Protestors interrupted Joe Biden at the third round of Democratic debates on Thursday evening as the former vice president was preparing to answer a question about how he has responded to professional setbacks and resilience.

Just after moderator George Stephanopoulos finished asking the question, loud chants erupted, apparently from a group of people at the back of the auditorium, lasting for approximately 2 minutes. The chant was audible but not clearly identifiable due to the location of the protesters and fact they weren’t chanting in unison, but activist Jess Davidson, who attended the debate, said they were shouting, “We are DACA recipients. Our lives are at risk.”

You can listen to video from debate, held at Texas Southern University in Houston, here:

Protesters also interrupted candidates during the second night of the second Democratic debates in July, calling for the firing of Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, and repeating “3 million deportations” in reference to the number of immigrants deported under Obama’s administration.

Earlier in the evening, the candidates — Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, Beto O’Rourke, Julián Castro, and Biden — debated over their policies regarding health care, gun control, education, foreign policy, and immigration. The evening was hosted by ABC and Univision and moderated by Jorge Ramos, Linsey Davis, George Stephanopoulos, and David Muir. Read TheWrap’s coverage of the three takeaways from Thursday evening’s debate here.