LOS ANGELES – Former Vice President Joe Biden was only a few words into his Super Tuesday speech when he suddenly had an unexpected visitor on the platform – a protester.
A woman tried to climb onto the riser from behind Biden and his wife Jill before the woman was grabbed and pulled down. She was on the riser long enough, however, to wave a sign just as Biden was launching into his remarks and a battery of cameras was trained on him.
The crowd booed the protester and expressed relief when the woman was removed.
A second woman then leaped up on stage, and Jill Biden shoved her away. Biden's senior adviser Symone Sanders grabbed her with a single arm, and hauled the protester off stage with the help of another staffer as the protester waved her sign.
Both protesters flashed signs saying "LET DAIRY DIE" and appeared to be members of the animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere, which has protested several Democratic candidates' events during the primary season.
Biden made no mention of the protester and picked up where he left off with his remarks.
He also lingered after his speech, mingling with a group of supporters on the outdoor basketball court in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles.
Later in the evening, Symone Sanders tweeted about the incident with just a short comment: "I broke a nail. #SuperTuesday."
The Biden campaign's deputy national press secretary Matt Hill expressed his gratitude, tweeting back, "But yah saved @JoeBiden & @DrBiden!"