On Tuesday evening, a pair of protestors rushed a stage where Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was speaking.
But Biden did not just have security officers helping to fend off the protestors, his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, also got involved physically grabbing and pushing a woman away.
The rally on Tuesday evening was being held to celebrate the Democrat’s nationwide primary contest victories, earning him 453 delegates and a dominant lead over his primary opponent Bernie Sanders.
The Washington Post reports:
It could have been a scene out of the romantic thriller “The Bodyguard,” except the hero of the moment in this case was not a trained agent but Jill Biden.
The sequence began as former vice president Joe Biden was delivering his victory speech in Los Angeles, thanking his supporters for his Super Tuesday comeback.
Suddenly, a protester rushed the stage wielding a “Let Dairy Die” placard. With the vegan protester just a few feet from her husband, Jill Biden clutched her husband’s right hand and interposed her body between him and the woman lunging at him.
Check it out:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 4, 2020
Another woman that quickly jumped in to help the situation was Symone D. Sanders, Biden’s senior adviser.
— Sean Savett (@ssavett) March 4, 2020
Don’t mess with Jill Biden. pic.twitter.com/LKXso34l80
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) March 4, 2020
In addition to Dr,Jill Biden top Joe Biden aide Simone Sanders body blocks protester heading for the candidate. People: it’s time Secret Service started protecting Biden and Bernie Sanders pic.twitter.com/Zoj35if6Wy
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) March 4, 2020
“We’re okay. We’re okay,” Jill Biden said after the incident, which quickly went viral online.
Photos and videos of Jill Biden taking quick action to help her husband were being shared over social media.
“What a night,” she tweeted in response.
— Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) March 4, 2020
Here’s more, from the report:
Symone Sanders, who was also trending into Wednesday morning, later acknowledged the cost of the impromptu scuffle and what it took for staffers to drag the protesters offstage.
“I broke a nail,” she tweeted.
The activists are among the same anti-dairy industry protesters that have previously interrupted events for Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during the 2020 campaign.
“Did not have ‘Jill Biden trucks a vegan’ on my Super Tuesday Bingo card,” said Josh Billinson, a social media strategist for BuzzFeed News.
I broke a nail. #SuperTuesday
— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) March 4, 2020
Take a look at some of these responses:
Jill Biden for Secretary of Defense
— Xeni Jardin (@xeni) March 4, 2020
If any NFL teams are scouting for a right guard, Jill Biden is available.
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) March 4, 2020
Jill Biden is a linebacker
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) March 4, 2020
Y’all see Symone Sanders come off the line like a pro bowl linebacker. Geesh. pic.twitter.com/2Fib5ZqLoN
— Billy Michael Honor (@BillyMHonor) March 4, 2020
While many people are applauding Jill’s and Symone’s quick actions (and bravery), some others are commenting the incident should be a reason to provide more security.
Fmr. Obama Press Sec. Robert Gibbs: "Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden need Secret Service protection. What happened tonight was nothing short of genuinely scary." pic.twitter.com/KUkl5FP3wp
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 4, 2020