Dem Rep Pushes Crowd Not To Support Biden

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) appeared to tell a pro-Palestinian crowd that they should not support President Joe Biden for reelection last week. The statement came as the president’s approval rating among Muslim Americans and Arab Americans has declined significantly since the start of the current war in the Middle East.

Tlaib told an event organized by the People’s Conference for Palestine in Detroit, Michigan that the president was an “enabler.”

“Each year, our country, and I say our country because it is our country, sends billions of dollars to maintain an apartheid government and support the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians,” she said.

“It is disgraceful that the Biden administration and my colleagues in Congress continue to smear them for protesting to save lives, no matter faith or ethnicity,” she added. “It is cowardly, but we’re not gonna forget November, are we?”

Many Muslim American leaders argued that the president is too supportive of Israel. The comments came as many Republican leaders have also criticized the president, arguing that he hasn’t been supportive enough of Israel.

As the conflict in the Middle East continues, the Biden campaign appears to be worried about the effects of such a shift in the November election. A significant drop in support from Muslim Americans could cost Biden states with small but significant Muslim American populations such as Minnesota and Michigan.

A number of Muslim American leaders called on their followers to write in ‘Uncommitted’ in the Democratic Party presidential primary rather than support Biden. The resulting ‘Uncommitted’ vote well exceeded the initial vote.

Tlaib was involved in the pro-‘Uncommitted’ effort and has been one of the most outspoken critics of Israel during its current war with Hamas.

It is unclear whether or not a significant proportion of Muslim Americans will ultimately back former President Donald Trump. However, if many Muslim Americans either stay home or support third-party candidates, it could mean major implications for Biden’s campaign and chances of reelection.