Muslim American leaders across key states have joined forces in the #AbandonBiden campaign, expressing their intention to withdraw support for President Joe Biden in the 2024 election due to his unwavering backing of Israel’s actions in the Gaza conflict.
The movement originated in Minnesota, where Muslim Americans demanded a ceasefire by October 31, and has gained traction in pivotal states like Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Florida. The #AbandonBiden 2024 conference emphasized their dissatisfaction with the president’s reluctance to call for a ceasefire and protect civilians in Palestine and Israel.
The group issued a statement to Axios, stating, “This campaign 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.”
This opposition from the sizable Muslim and Arab American populations could pose a challenge to President Biden’s Electoral College prospects in the upcoming election, according to experts. Leaders, including Jaylani Hussein of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Minnesota, highlighted the need for alternatives to Biden in the election.
Despite the dominance of the Democratic and Republican parties in US politics, independent candidates like Cornel West and Jill Stein have called for a ceasefire in Gaza. However, the influence of private donations in the political system raises challenges for independent candidates with smaller funding.
US and Israeli officials have resisted calls for a permanent halt to fighting, with Vice President Kamala Harris echoing President Biden’s stance that Israel has a right to defend itself. The ongoing conflict has resulted in a significant loss of life and extensive damage to homes in Gaza.
Muslim Americans clarified that their opposition to Biden does not translate to support for former President Donald Trump, but rather a strategic move to shape US policy. Recent surveys indicate a decline in Biden’s support among Arab Americans, which could impact states like Michigan, where Arab Americans constitute a significant portion of the vote.
As the #AbandonBiden movement gains momentum, it remains to be seen how Muslim voters’ sentiments will influence the electoral landscape in 2024. Public opinion polls reveal widespread support among Americans for an end to the conflict in the besieged enclave.