Biden team does damage control after pro-Gaza protesters crash ‘Restore Roe’ campaign rally

Both the White House and President Joe Biden‘s 2024 campaign sought to minimize concerns surrounding escalating pro-Gaza protests targeting the president’s political events.

Biden’s Tuesday rally in Virginia, an event focusing on the need to restore federal abortion protections, was interrupted multiple times by protesters calling on Biden to pressure Israel to end its offensive in Gaza. That followed a separate incident in January, where ceasefire protesters interrupted an event Biden held at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Unlike the Charleston protests, Tuesday’s activists took a significantly more coordinated approach. Fourteen protesters, located in separate parts of the auditorium, interrupted Biden 13 separate times, from start to finish.

Both White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and John Kirby were pressed on the demonstrations during Wednesday’s White House press briefing but ultimately said that Biden respects the
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