Former Vice President Joe Biden praised his wife Jill Biden for helping fend off protesters who rushed the stage at his Super Tuesday rally in Los Angeles.

'"I’m probably the only candidate running for president whose wife is my Secret Service. Whoa, you don’t screw around with a Philly girl, I’ll tell you what," he told attendees at a Wednesday fundraiser in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel Air that included attendees like Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who brought his mother to the event. 

Biden had just started his remarks on Tuesday as several animal rights protesters climbed up on stage to protest the dairy industry. They flashed signs saying "LET DAIRY DIE" before being forcefully pushed away by both Jill Biden and senior campaign adviser Symone Sanders. 

Following the incident, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., urged acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to deploy Secret Service protection for Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the two top-performing Democratic presidential candidates. 

Biden's government protection expired six months after he left office in 2016, and he has campaigned without any Secret Service protection. 

Biden referenced the request during his remarks at the fundraiser, and told attendees: "I thought I heard on the news on the way over that that the committee in charge of Secret Service decided they have to start providing Secret Service for us. I think that’s because they’re afraid Jill’s going to hurt someone. I tell you what man, I married way above my station."

It's not the first time Jill Biden has helped push protesters away from Joe Biden. When a protester approached the candidate and heckled him at a Feb. 10 event in Manchester, N.H., Jill Biden assisted security staff at the event with removing him. 

Contributing: Kevin Johnson