"Muslims and Arab-Americans have come together to send a clear signal to this White House: this upcoming election will be decided by the people of America, Muslim Americans in particular." With those words, organizer Hassan Addesalan officially launched the "Abandon Biden" movement.
Members of Muslim communities from nine states gathered Saturday in Michigan, "the capital of Muslim America," to kick off the campaign that seeks to rally voters who profess Islam around the same message: "The position of the Biden Administration … is a red line for all Muslim Americans".
The organizers explained that the list of states where they will carry out their mission are especially sensitive for Biden, because they include undecided states and states with significant Muslim minorities. The weekend event was attended by activists from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Nevada.
"The blood of Palestinian children is a red line and we will do all we can to ensure Biden is a one term President as a consequence of his enabling of genocide by Israel against Palestinians in Gaza," wrote the lawyer from Tampa, Fla., Hassan Shibly, who participated in the event at the Hampton Inn in Dearborn, Mich.
Honored to stand today with a coalition of Muslim organizers from 9 key swing states to send a message that the blood of Palestinian children is a red line and we will do all we can to ensure Biden is a one term President as a… pic.twitter.com/6EJqnhR1Kc
— Hassan Shibly (@HassanShibly) December 3, 2023
The launch of the movement was accompanied by a campaign on social networks with the hashtag #AbandonBiden, which became, at times, one of the most-trending topics Saturday.
— Mr. Popalzai (@JournalismPopal) December 3, 2023
The arrogance of the Biden team is just so thick! When you get pressure from constituents from something as basic as; "don't commit genocide" you at least react. Biden doesn't! There's not a chance in hell I vote for this old fool. Join me. #AbandonBiden https://t.co/kTpk182K59
— Dred Pirate Rap Ⓥ (@Protest_Works) December 3, 2023
— Pelagic Shield 🛡️ (@shugosha) December 3, 2023
Hitting where it hurts
Although the latest polls project the president as the winner of the Democratic Party primaries, the margin of his defeat in a possible rematch with Donald Trump is increasing.
Biden's campaign team disdains the recent polls. Although they have not commented on Abandon Biden, the movement could hurt his re-election efforts in two key areas: swing states and the Muslim vote.
An Emerson College poll earlier this month placed the former president ahead of the current president in four of the six key swing states. In Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania, Trump leads. Activists from all of those states attended Abandon Biden Day this Saturday. In the remaining two, Michigan, where the Democrat leads, and Wisconsin, where they are tied, campaigns will also be held.
In 2020, the CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) assured that 69% of Muslims chose Biden, while 17% opted for Trump. Some senior CAIR officials participated in the launch of Abandon Biden. The Arab American Institute placed the percentage of support for Biden that year at 59%. By the end of October (the first month of the war), the number dropped to 17%.
We did a special poll of #ArabAmericans since latest outbreak of violence in Palestine/Israel. Consistent with many other voters, poll shows overwhelming opposition to response to crisis. Support for @POTUS Biden has dropped from 59% in 2020 to 17% today.https://t.co/aD6pl1EaD2 pic.twitter.com/0pwbudYNRk
— Arab American Institute (@AAIUSA) October 31, 2023
"This poll marks the first time in our 26 years of polling Arab American voters in which a majority did not claim to prefer the Democratic Party," says the Arab American Institute study. Thirty-two percent opted for the Republicans and just 23% for the Democrats.
Abandon Biden assures that their negative campaign against the president should not be understood as support for his main opponent. They made it clear that they do not support Trump. They did not rule out, however, supporting another candidacy later on.
"What Mr. Biden should see is 111 electoral votes," said Hassan Abdel Salam, a professor at the University of Minnesota, during Saturday's meeting in words reported by The New York Post.
Discontentment among Democrats
The launch of Abandon Biden is the latest instance of a slew of backlash against the Democratic Party from its Muslim and leftist bases for its support for Israel. This same weekend, Rep. Adam Smith's home was vandalized with graffiti reading "Free Gaza," "Ceasefire now!" and "Baby killer."
Biden's own residence in Delaware also attracted pro-Palestine protesters last month, while at the White House, activists were seen jumping the security fence and painting walls with red handprints. Likewise, the California Democratic Party had to temporarily suspend a day of events after protesters shouting “in November we'll remember,” in reference to the 2024 elections and rioting at the convention building.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) also threatened Biden that if he did not change his stance on the war, saying that "the American people will not forget."