Muslim American leaders in six pivotal states have launched the #AbandonBiden campaign due to President Joe Biden’s support of Israel’s war in Gaza. The campaign began in Minnesota and has spread to Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
The #AbandonBiden 2024 conference is in response to Biden’s refusal to call for a ceasefire in Gaza. Muslim and Arab American populations in these states are opposing Biden’s stance and are considering withdrawing support for his re-election bid.
The US president and vice president are elected by a group of “electors” who are chosen by political parties in each state. This means that there are options beyond the two major parties, Democrats and Republicans.
Independent candidates, such as former Harvard professor Cornel West and Jill Stein of the Green Party, have called for a ceasefire in Gaza. However, independent candidates with smaller funding have less chance of electoral success compared to candidates from the two major parties.
US and Israeli officials have resisted pressure for a permanent halt in fighting, with US Vice President Kamala Harris echoing Biden’s statement that Israel has a right to defend itself. The conflict has resulted in a significant number of casualties and damage to homes in Gaza.
Muslim Americans have expressed that they do not expect former President Donald Trump to treat their community any better if re-elected, but they see denying Biden votes as their only means to shape US policy. While they are not supporting Trump, they are considering other candidates.
A recent survey revealed a significant decline in Biden’s backing among Arab Americans, which could have a crucial effect in states like Michigan, where Arab Americans constitute 5 percent of the vote.
Overall, the #AbandonBiden campaign is gaining momentum in pivotal states, and the Muslim American community is considering its options for the upcoming election.
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