Joe Biden may not have Secret Service protection, but he does have powerful women by his side.
Vegan protesters stormed the stage at Biden’s Super Tuesday victory speech. He spoke to his supporters in Los Angeles to discuss his wins, which at the time of his speech included Virginia, Alabama, Minnesota, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Arkansas, according to Buzzfeed.
"Let's get something straight. Wall Street didn't build this country. You built this country. The middle class built this country. And unions built the middle class," he said before being interrupted.
As security quickly took the stage to contain a protestor, a second woman marched up with a poster that read “let dairy die.”
Thankfully, Symone Sanders, Biden’s senior adviser, had puma-like reflexes. Sanders immediately rushed the stage to forcibly remove the protestor. Jill Biden, the former vice president’s wife, attempted to stop the woman before the protester was dragged off by Sanders.
After the woman was removed from the stage Jill urged her husband to continue his speech.
“You're OK. You're OK,” she assured him.
Later, Sanders was seen escorting the woman out of the venue with the help of Biden’s traveling press secretary, Remi Yamamoto.
Lol my girl symone did the heavy lifting!!— Remi Yamamoto (@RemiMYamamoto) March 4, 2020
Sanders was praised on social media for her linebacker skills.
Give @SymoneDSanders her things! She doubles as campaign strategist and advisor for @JoeBiden as well as top flight security — more so than the security detail. Trust black women. They do it all. Because, too often, they have to. pic.twitter.com/8eJwWMjGIa— Zachary Parker (@ZacharyforWard5) 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
🚨 SYMONE SANDERS FROM OUTSIDE 🚨 pic.twitter.com/5zLMp28pwl— The Recount (@therecount) March 4, 2020
Symone Sanders is now a projected first round NFL draft pick— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 4, 2020
While no one seems to be hurt following the incident, Sanders did sustain a small casualty.
I broke a nail. #SuperTuesday— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) March 4, 2020
This incident, which is not the first of its kind, has many people questioning why candidates don’t have Secret Service protection while campaigning.
Biden was previously protected under the Former Vice President Protection Act of 2008, which granted him a security detail shortly after leaving office, reports Newsweek. The act states that "former vice presidents, their spouses, and their children who are under 16 years of age, for a period of not more than six months after the date the former vice president leaves office" will receive Secret Service protection.
After Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated when he claimed the California primary in 1968, Congress authorized protection for major presidential and vice-presidential candidates and their families 120 days out from the election.
The decision of “major” candidate distinction is made by the Department of Homeland Security along with congressional leaders. They take into consideration the candidate's polling, party affiliation, public matching funds and level of threat to a candidate.
"What happened tonight was nothing short of genuinely scary," said Robert Gibbs, former press secretary under former President Barack Obama.
He added that Sen. Bernie Sanders and Biden should both be granted Secret Service.
Tuesday’s incident has many people calling for protection to be extended to all candidates and not just months before the election.
CNN contributor Scott Jennings said all the candidates left in the primary should be receiving protection.
President Trump ought to order increased Secret Service for at least Biden and Sanders first thing in the morning. And honestly anyone else who is left. Someone is going to get hurt and we cannot allow that.— Scott Jennings (@ScottJenningsKY) March 4, 2020
past time. too damn many crazy people out there who have proven time and again they can get WAY too close to candidates. https://t.co/Wj1ThtSgh7— Scott Jennings (@ScottJenningsKY) March 4, 2020
"Too damn many crazy people out there who have proven time and again they can get WAY too close to candidates," he wrote.