March 5, 2024
Muslim Americans in key swing states are launching a campaign against President Joe Biden, largely over his backing of Israel during the war in Gaza.

Muslim Americans in key swing states are launching a campaign against President Joe Biden, largely over his backing of Israel during the war in Gaza.

While Biden has taken flak from both sides over his handling of the war, Muslim Americans have been particularly vocal. Now, Muslim leaders from Michigan, Minnesota, Arizona, Wisconsin, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania are scheduled to meet in Dearborn, Michigan, to turn their opposition into action through an anti-Biden campaign dubbed #AbandonBiden.

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Pro-Palestinian demonstrators march on Black Friday, a popular U.S. shopping day after Thanksgiving, at a shopping center Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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“This #AbandonBiden 2024 conference is set against the backdrop of the upcoming 2024 presidential election and the decision to withdraw support for President Biden due to his unwillingness to call for a ceasefire and protect innocents in Palestine and Israel,” the group told Axios in a statement.

“Leaders from swing states will work together to guarantee Biden’s loss in the 2024 election,” it added.

Muslim American figures have been warning for almost as long as the war has been underway that Biden’s support for Israel could cost him support in 2024.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) has been the most vocal Muslim American in Congress critical of Biden, saying he is complicit in war crimes. On Oct. 17, she said his approach to the war has “opened my eyes” in a post falsely blaming Israel for bombing a Gaza hospital.

“Israel just bombed the Baptist Hospital killing 500 Palestinians (doctors, children, patients) just like that,” Tlaib posted. “[President Biden] this is what happens when you refuse to facilitate a ceasefire & help de-escalate. Your war and destruction only approach has opened my eyes and many Palestinian Americans and Muslims Americans like me. We will remember where you stood.”


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Former MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan said all Muslims he knew declared at Thanksgiving that they would not vote for Biden due to his stance on the war.

“I’ve had the same conversations with all my Muslims friends and family members over Thanksgiving. Not a single one says they will vote for Biden again, having voted for him in 2020. Every single one says it’s because of Gaza. Dems need to understand that the anger is very real.”

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