HomePolitical NewsWhat Were the Protesters Yelling During the Debate? Mike Vance August 1, 2019 During the second evening of the 2020 primary debates on Wednesday night the hecklers were out in full force. So what were the protesters yelling during the debate? Joe Biden was interrupted by protesters chanting "3 million deportations!" This was a reference to the number of people deported during the Obama administration. It's good to see there is someone out there to recognize the Trump administration didn't invent deportations. There were chants going on when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker spoke of "fire Pantaleo." This was a reference to NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was not prosecuted over his involvement in the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island in 2014. Protesters started chanting "Fire Pantaleo" while Cory Booker was speaking during #DemDebate https://t.co/hAsLh3du4A pic.twitter.com/6BxlQby8qw — Variety (@Variety) August 1, 2019 The protesters were quickly told by Don Lemon, "Please be respectful in the crowd," and they continued to yell. Think about the irony when Don Lemon is asking someone to please be respectful. This is a guy who introduces President Trump as a racist when he is asking questions to the candidates.