(gorealnewsnow.com) – At a rally promoting abortion access, Joe Biden encountered a series of disruptions and was shouted down by pro-Palestinian protesters voicing concerns over the war in Gaza.
The event, designed to emphasize Biden’s stance on reproductive rights and “attack” former President Trump, his probable GOP rival in 2024, took place in Manassas, Va., and faced nearly a dozen interruptions.
As Biden initiated his speech, he was promptly heckled by a protester brandishing a Palestinian flag and questioning the number of children killed in the conflict.
This outburst was quickly overshadowed by chants of “four more years” from Biden supporters, lasting about a minute. However, this was just the beginning of a series of disruptions.
Each subsequent protest — from shouts of “Israel kills two mothers every hour” to “Genocide Joe has got to go” — was met with counter chants of support for Biden. Joe Biden acknowledged the intensity of the feelings involved, remarking, “They feel deeply,” and later commenting on the planned nature of the protests.
The protesters were steadily escorted out, but the interruptions persisted throughout Biden’s speech. In one instance, as Biden discussed Trump’s role in overturning Roe v. Wade, he was interrupted by another protester, prompting him to mention the “woman hollering” in his remarks.
Supporters in the crowd consistently tried to drown out the protesters with chants of “Let’s go, Joe,” as Biden paused briefly during each interruption. At one point, addressing a protester’s shouts about the Middle East, Biden cautioned, “Please don’t jump.”
Despite these disturbances, which significantly affected his 20-minute speech, Biden tried to face the situation with composure, attempting to stay focused on his message but failing to do so at the end.
This rally was not the first time Biden encountered protests over his Middle East policy. Earlier in South Carolina, he was met with calls for a cease-fire in Gaza.
Throughout his recent travels, Biden has been consistently confronted over his pro-Israel stance, particularly in the wake of the Hamas terrorist attacks on Oct. 7 that led to over 1,000 Israeli deaths.
Biden has been facing mounting pressure from the left to call for a cease-fire in Gaza, a move he has resisted, arguing that it would benefit Hamas and enable them to regroup. The administration has been advising Israel to target its operations in Gaza specifically against Hamas, with an emphasis on minimizing civilian casualties.