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Chaos as protesters paying up to $500K a ticket heckle Biden, Obama and Clinton at Radio City: Demonstrator tells presidents ‘you are out of your f***ing minds’ on Russia and Palestinian supporters says they have blood on their hands

President Joe Biden’s appearance at a $25 million Radio City Music Hall fundraiser with former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton got off to a rocky start as the trio of president being interviewed by Stephen Colbert got interrupted by protesters. 

A handful of pro-Palestinian protesters shouted down the trio of presidents, with one woman telling Biden ‘you have blood on your hands,’ as another loud guest warned of a nuclear war with Russia: ‘you’re out of your f***ing minds.’ 

The event was supposed to be a star-studded evening with major donors, with some tickets costing as much as $500,000. 

After the demonstrators were removed, the conversation continued with Biden uttering the classic Washington line – if you want a friend in Washington get a dog. Though in the president’s case, he joked, his bit a Secret Service Agent. 

All three presidents and Colbert donned Biden’s trademark aviators to conclude the show, with Biden saying he was a man who ‘loves two things: Ray Ban sunglasses and ice cream.’ 

‘By the way, Dark Brandon is real,’ he said of his alter ego – an online creation who’s more sinister by nature.  

President Joe Biden’s (center) appearance at a $25 million Radio City Music Hall fundraiser with former Presidents Barack Obama (left) and Bill Clinton (right) got off to a rocky start as the trio of president being interviewed by Stephen Colbert got interupted by protester

Former President Barack Obama (left) stands onstage with President Joe Biden (right) at a $25 million fundraiser Thursday night at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The gathering was interrupted by protesters - who also surrounded the building

Former President Barack Obama (left) stands onstage with President Joe Biden (right) at a $25 million fundraiser Thursday night at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The gathering was interrupted by protesters – who also surrounded the building 

Lizzo was there and performed her hit ‘About Damn Time’ ahead of the presidents’ arrival onstage, while The Mindy Project’s Mindy Kaling played the role of emcee. 

She joked that it was nice to be in a room with ‘so many rich people’ and said it felt good to support a president who ‘openly’ promises to ‘raise your taxes.’ 

Vogue editor-in-chief and Conde Nast executive Anna Wintour was spotted in the audience. 

Kaling, 44, also said – looking upon Biden, 81, Clinton, 77, and Obama, the youngest at 62 – that while she was getting older, she looked like a ‘cast member of Euphoria’ compared to them. 

HBO’s Europhia is a high school drama, though most of the cast is in their 20s.  

Other entertainers included Queen Latifah, Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, and Lea Michele. 

Meanwhile, outside the venue, many more pro-Palestinian protesters had swarmed Radio City Music Hall.

Biden was called a ‘war criminal’ by those gathered, with one demonstrator holding up a sign that read, ‘Joe Biden Retire B****,’ a message aimed at the 81-year-old leader.

Vogue editor-in-chief and Conde Nast executive Anna Wintour was spotted in the audience is seen from behind with her signature bob haircut at Thursday night's Biden fundraiser at Radio City Music Hall in New York

Vogue editor-in-chief and Conde Nast executive Anna Wintour was spotted in the audience is seen from behind with her signature bob haircut at Thursday night’s Biden fundraiser at Radio City Music Hall in New York

Palestinian flags were flown outside New York City's Radio City Music Hall, the venue of President Joe Biden's $25 million fundraiser with former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton

Palestinian flags were flown outside New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, the venue of President Joe Biden’s $25 million fundraiser with former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton

Pro-Palestine protesters swarmed Radio City Music Hall Thursday night ahead of President Joe Biden's $25 million fundraiser alongside former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton

Pro-Palestine protesters swarmed Radio City Music Hall Thursday night ahead of President Joe Biden’s $25 million fundraiser alongside former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton

Protesters take part in a prayer to break their fast during Ramadan at a demonstration calling for ceasefire in Gaza, near Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan

Protesters take part in a prayer to break their fast during Ramadan at a demonstration calling for ceasefire in Gaza, near Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan

Police officers clash with protesters ahead of President Joe Biden's $25 million fundraiser at Radio City Music Hall Thursday night in New York City

Police officers clash with protesters ahead of President Joe Biden’s $25 million fundraiser at Radio City Music Hall Thursday night in New York City 

Pro-Palestinian protesters showed up in droves to call for a ceasefire in Gaza as President Joe Biden and a slew of celebrities raise money in New York toward his reelection effort

Pro-Palestinian protesters showed up in droves to call for a ceasefire in Gaza as President Joe Biden and a slew of celebrities raise money in New York toward his reelection effort 

One video, shared by conservative commentator Charlie Kirk, shows a man getting shoved by members of the crowd and asking for police to assist. 

‘Democrats you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide!’ protesters shouted out, with drum beats helping them keep the time.  

The trio of presidents have been at the venue for most of the afternoon – taping a podcast with comedians Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett for an episode of their SmartLess podcast. 

Videos shared to social media by attendees show loud music playing as donors took their seats, with audience members seemingly unaware of the chaos happening outside. 

Earlier Thursday, Biden arrived in New York with Obama in tow to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. 
On the flight Obama could be heard briefly saying hello to the White House press corps, as press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters the conversation was off the record. 

Obama’s involvement with the Biden campaign comes after several reports said the 62-year-old ex-president has been sounding the alarm about Biden’s reelection prospects.

Former President Barack Obama (left), President Joe Biden (center) and former President Bill Clinton (former) will appear onstage together Thursday night and be interviewed by Late Show host Stephen Colbert as part of the $25 million fundraiser for the Biden campaign

Former President Barack Obama (left), President Joe Biden (center) and former President Bill Clinton (former) will appear onstage together Thursday night and be interviewed by Late Show host Stephen Colbert as part of the $25 million fundraiser for the Biden campaign 

Comedians Jason Bateman (left), Will Arnett (third from left) and Sean Hayes (second from right) taped an interview of their SmartLess podcast Thursday with President Joe Biden (third from right), former Presidents Barack Obama (second from left) and Bill Clinton (right)

Comedians Jason Bateman (left), Will Arnett (third from left) and Sean Hayes (second from right) taped an interview of their SmartLess podcast Thursday with President Joe Biden (third from right), former Presidents Barack Obama (second from left) and Bill Clinton (right) 

Former President Barack Obama (right) got a ride on Air Force One with President Joe Biden (left) ahead of their glitzy $25 million New York City fundraiser Thursday night

Former President Barack Obama (right) got a ride on Air Force One with President Joe Biden (left) ahead of their glitzy $25 million New York City fundraiser Thursday night 

Obama (right) guided Biden (left) to the presidential limo as the duo of Democratic presidents arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. They will be joined by former President Bill Clinton

Obama (right) guided Biden (left) to the presidential limo as the duo of Democratic presidents arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. They will be joined by former President Bill Clinton 

Meanwhile on Thursday, Biden’s 2024 rival former President Donald Trump will attend the wake of slain NYPD officer Jonathan Diller at the Massapequa Funeral Home on Long Island.

Diller was shot and killed in the line of duty in Queens on Monday. 

Guy Rivera, the suspect arrested in the slaying, has been arrested 21 times. 

Time Magazine’s cover story last week chronicled two in-person meetings Obama had with Biden last year – one in June and then a follow-up in December, when the ex-president didn’t see the president’s campaign operation improve. 

‘He expressed concern the re-election campaign was behind schedule in building out its field operations, and bottlenecked by Biden’s insistence on relying upon an insular group of advisers clustered in the West Wing,’ Time wrote, citing a Democratic insider. 

A follow-up story in The New York Times Tuesday said that Obama is regularly dialing Biden – but he’s also phoning White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients too. 

A senior aide told the paper that Obama has ‘always’ been worried about a Biden loss to Trump, and so he’s prepared to ‘eke it out’ alongside his former VP through Election Day in November. 

Obama’s reported warnings are similar to what Clinton was saying behind closed doors ahead of the 2016 presidential election, which saw his wife, Democrat Hillary Clinton, shockingly lose to Trump, who had never held elected office. 

In the book Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign authors Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen detailed how Bill Clinton feared that his wife and her campaign aides were taking some support for granted. 

He suggested she go into communities that wouldn’t necessarily naturally vote for the Democrat just to show she was making an effort. 

On Wednesday, an NYPD spokesperson confirmed rumors that Trump was planning to attend the wake Thursday at the Massapequa Funeral Home in New York

On Wednesday, an NYPD spokesperson confirmed rumors that Trump was planning to attend the wake Thursday at the Massapequa Funeral Home in New York

On Monday, officer Diller was shot and killed in Queens during a routine traffic stop - he leaves behind a wife and one-year-old son

On Monday, officer Diller was shot and killed in Queens during a routine traffic stop – he leaves behind a wife and one-year-old son

Thousands of law enforcement officers observed the arrival of Diller's body to the upstate New York funeral home, where his service will be held Thursday

Thousands of law enforcement officers observed the arrival of Diller’s body to the upstate New York funeral home, where his service will be held Thursday

‘He knew there was some power just in showing up,’ co-author Allen said in a 2017 interview with ABC News

Obama has reportedly advised Biden that his field operations are being built out too slowly – bottlenecked by the president’s reliance on a ‘insular group of advisers clustered in the West Wing,’ Time said. 

During Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign – which he successfully won against Republican Mitt Romney – he had hired 900-plus staffers by summer. 

The Biden campaign, which is headquarted in Biden’s adopted hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, ended 2023 with just around 70 paid employees, though there’s a goal to hire 350. 

Biden’s team said that the campaign is also planning to rely on staff at the Democratic National Committee to aid the state-level effort.  

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