Audience members steal the spotlight from candidates

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  • Presidential candidates have held countless rallies in 2016
  • The audience members sometimes steal the show

What does it take to steal the spotlight from a presidential candidate?

They have international name recognition and often, national media carrying them live. But for better or worse, the focus can fall on a face in the crowd instead of the one addressing it.

    Here are a few times candidates spoke, while the audience members stuck out:

    Donald Trump slammed Hillary Clinton on Thursday in Florida for an unwanted guest -- more on that below -- while disgraced ex-Congressman Mark Foley sat behind him.
    Clinton gave a speech in Iowa on Wednesday, and after a protester tried to reach the stage, all eyes were on her Secret Service detail.
    Donald Trump told a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Tuesday that the only way to overcome Hillary Clinton's judicial picks might be at the hands of "Second Amendment people." One person's shocked reaction about summed it up.
    In Kissimmee, Florida, on August 8, Clinton spoke before an audience that included the father of the worst domestic killer in the history of the United States.
    In a world virtually opposite of the above GIF, in Evansville, Indiana, on May 2, 2016, Bernie Sanders' message of democratic socialism took a backseat to sheer style.
    A few months prior, a guy with stickers on his face overshadowed Clinton's victory in the Iowa caucuses.
    On March 5, 2016, one man fed another nachos as Trump spoke in Orlando.
    In Springfield, Illinois, on November 9, 2015, one woman let it be known that she did, in fact, want to read instead of listen to Trump's speech.
    On October 28, 2015, Sanders told his crowd in Fairfax, Virginia, that he wanted to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level. It sparked at least one guy's interest.