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Biden wins Michigan primary despite anti-Israel ‘uncommitted’ movement

President Biden won Michigan’s Democratic primary on Tuesday night, but his overall vote share was heavily influenced by anti-Israel protests that called for voters to answer “irresponsible.”

The president received 78.5% of the total vote, with rivals Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) and self-help author Marianne Williamson receiving 2.7% and 2.6%, respectively.

“Uncommitted” received 16.2% of the vote.

Biden, 81, claims he supports genocide in the Gaza Strip because of his administration’s funding of Israel as the Jewish state seeks to rid the region of terrorist group Hamas. His re-election campaign faces vocal resistance from groups that support him.

In Michigan, the anti-Israel group Listen to Michigan aims to show that Biden cannot win the general election without the support of the country’s largest Arab-American community until he changes his stance on Israel. Ta.

The protest groups specified that they wanted at least 10,000 “uncommitted” voters to fill in for Biden. This was the same margin of votes that Trump carried over Hillary Clinton in the state in the 2016 presidential election.

Michigan was the last state to vote before Super Tuesday, where Biden narrowly defeated Republican front-runner Donald Trump in 2020, but the campaign faces challenges heading into November. It serves as a litmus test to identify potential weaknesses.

The president has won primaries in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Michigan. AP

“Michigan voters are sending a clear message to Biden in the February 27 Democratic primary that they can count us out. “We are filling an ‘uncommitted’ bubble because of our strong refusal,” Listen to Michigan said on its website.

“Trump won Michigan by only about 10,000 votes in 2016. Dedicated Michigan Democrats who oppose Biden’s policies in Gaza are confident Biden will win for re-election. You can prove it.”

John Zogby, an Arab-American Democratic pollster from Michigan, told the Post that the move would likely have a negative impact on Biden in the general election.

“The worst-case scenario is that if Biden doesn’t listen to this group, regardless of its size, those votes will be lost,” Zogby said, referring to voters who are part of the movement. pointed out that he would not change his mind because of the president’s other policies. Achievement.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) called protesters who rallied to Capitol Hill on February 15 in support of the Palestinians and to demand a ceasefire in Gaza into the Rayburn House office building. greeted her outside her office with a pink code for peace. Getty Images
President Joe Biden spoke with Seth Meyers on February 26 during a taping of “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” AP

“If it’s 15 or 16%, that’s a very strong 15 of 16%. That means people are very angry and they’re part of a movement…that movement is very angry and wants to send a message to Joe Biden.”

“Squad” member Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib also encouraged voters to write “uncommitted” to protest Biden’s funding to Israel.

Tlaib is the only Palestinian-American member of Congress and the sister of Leila Elabd, who leads the Hear Michigan Voices campaign.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer backed the effort days before the primary voting, urging voters to vote for Biden.

With Michigan’s presidential primary just two days away, a rally in Hamtramck, a city with a large Arab-American population, is calling for voters to vote for the irresponsible candidate rather than Joe Biden. State House Majority Leader Abraham Ayyash (right) also attended the rally. Jim West/imageBROKER/Shutterstock

“You’re going to see a difference of opinion,” Whitmer said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It’s important to not lose sight of the fact that the votes not cast for Joe Biden support a second term for Trump.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also commented on Tlaib’s remarks, highlighting that senior administration officials traveled to Michigan “earlier this month to hear from Muslim and Arab Americans.”

“We care very much about that and what our communities are going through, and we wanted to convey that in a strong way,” Jean-Pierre said at a White House press briefing.

Biden faced similar protests in the New Hampshire primary, prompting Democrats to enshrine a “ceasefire.” Only 1.2% of voters, or about 1,500 people, did so.

Protesters have also disrupted repeated Biden events across the country, interrupting speeches and marching around hotel lobbies. On Monday night, the president was attacked by protesters who entered 30 Rockefeller Plaza for an interview with NBC late-night host Seth Meyers.

Biden told reporters after the taped interview that he hoped to have a ceasefire in place “by the end of the week.”

“My national security adviser says it’s near the end, it’s close, it’s not over yet. My hope is that by next Monday there will be a ceasefire,” the president said. added.

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