How Biden aides are trying to shield the president from protests

March 01, 2024

Organizers are discussing whether to hire a private company to vet attendees, according to three people familiar with the planning. Biden’s aides view events without disruptions as more valuable than larger ones where his message gets drowned out by protesters. The new, guarded approach often includes a new level of secrecy about the locations of Biden’s events. A Biden campaign spokesman said the vendor is being considered in part because of the large number of people expected to attend its biggest fundraiser to date. Beyond the challenges that protests present, Biden aides insist their decision to do more small events in recent weeks lets Biden show a more off-the-cuff style that allows him to connect more directly with voters.