Topless woman interrupts Bernie Sanders at Phoenix rally

'Bern Felt' at Sanders Rally in Phoenix

Feel the Bern, free the nipple. Such is the effect Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has on fans, as demonstrated by the topless interlude staged at the candidate's rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday. As the Washington Post reported, Sanders was mid-discussion of Wall Street reform when Los Angeles local Anni Ma popped up over the crowd, only briefly distracting him from the topic at hand with her naked chest.

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"Stop fascism," her back read, "hate speech is not free speech" painted across her front. According to the Post, she "also sported two strategically placed 'Free the Nipple' stickers" over her areola. As pasties.

Her message, the Post reported, wasn't aimed at Sanders, whom — according to the caption on her Instagrammed action shot — she supports, perhaps because of his history of supporting women who show skin at his rallies. Pure speculation, but as her Instagram profile indicates, the right to #FreeTheNipple is near to Ma's heart.

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Killer Mike of Run the Jewels 

The rapper has been very vocal within the hip-hop community about his endorsement of Sanders, and even introduced him at an Atlanta rally. 

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Danny DeVito 

In August 2015, the 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' actor took to Twitter, saying, "Bernie're our only hope Obi-Wan Kenobi". 

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Mark Ruffalo

Ruffalo used Twitter to share his political stance on January 17th of this year, saying, "@BernieSanders is preferred 2-1 by young people because they know his means what he says."

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Susan Sarandon 

In June of last year, Sarandon posted a video titled 'Flashback: Rep. Bernie Sanders Opposes Iraq War' along with the caption "We need a leader who is courageous and levelheaded in times of crisis:Bernie Sanders ‪#‎Bernie2016‬.

The liberal activist has since been seen campaigning for Sanders in Portland, Maine and introducing him on the campaign trail. 

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Belinda Carlisle

Back in August of last year, the lead singer of The Go-Go's tweeted, "yes, I switched candidate!" above an announcement that Bernie Sanders would be joining CNN's State of the Union. 

Ever since then she has been an avid supporter on social media. 

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Justin Long 

The 'Dodgeball' actor introduced Bernie Sanders at a campaign event in Des Moines shortly before the Iowa Caucus. 

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Sarah Silverman 

Sarah Silverman was among other celebs who headlined a fundraiser for the presidential candidate at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory on January 26th. 

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George Lopez 

After tweeting "WATCHA I Am #feelingthebern. Today I'm proud to officially endorse @BernieSanders for President" late last year, the actor has made headlining appearances at Sanders' fundraising events. 

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Spike Lee 

After citing his endorsement on a radio show recently, he elaborated on his commitment to Sanders, saying: “Bernie was at the March on Washington with Dr. King. He was arrested in Chicago for protesting segregation in public schools. He fought for wealth and education equality throughout his whole career. No flipping, no flopping. Enough talk. Time for action.”

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Rather, Ma had intended to bare her breasts at a rally for Republican frontrunner Donald Trump in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Like-minded protesters, however, had previously attempted to cut off access to that event, forming a barricade of cars across the highway and preventing Ma from bringing her message all the way to Trump.

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Not wanting to waste good paint, we guess, Ma instead rerouted for the Sanders event where she was one of many super-enthused Sanders supporters in an audience of approximately 3,350, according to the Phoenix New Times. Others in the crowd expressed their excitement by tossing their toddlers in the air; Ma tossed her top at the stage, the New Times reported.

The Arizona rallies set the stage for the state's primaries on Tuesday, March 22. Currently, Trump is ahead of his GOP opponents, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, by an average of 13 percentage points, and looks poised to take the party's 58 delegates in the state's winner-take-all contest. Sanders, meanwhile, is about 30 percentage points behind Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in Arizona.

Whether or not freely waiving nipples can tip the scales in his favor remains to be seen.

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