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Arab and Muslim American voters show dissatisfaction, starting #AbandonBiden trend

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CHICAGO: In the recent Democratic presidential primary in Wisconsin, Arab and Muslim American voters expressed dissatisfaction with President Joe Biden's policies, particularly his stance toward Israel during its conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

The election saw a significant decline in support for Biden, with nearly 8.3% of voters voting “without instructions” rather than choosing between Biden and his challenger Dean Phillips. This trend reflects the growing influence of the #AbandonBiden movement, which has been gaining traction since October 2023.

The #AbandonBiden movement, led by Arab and Muslim American activists, is focused on advocating for a ceasefire in Gaza and aims to influence the Democratic Party's platform on the issue. By organizing efforts in swing states like Wisconsin, the movement has succeeded in mobilizing voters to express their dissatisfaction with Biden's policies. This strategic approach resulted in a significant number of voters opting for an “uninstructed” vote, thereby expressing their dissatisfaction with the status quo.

Arab American leaders, including Hassan Abdel Salam and Abed Ayoub, see the high number of “uninformed” votes as a strong message to President Biden. They believe the primary result reflects broader sentiment among Arab and Muslim-American communities and underscores their concerns about Biden's handling of issues related to the Middle East.

Additionally, similar trends were observed in other Democratic primaries, including in Connecticut and Rhode Island, where significant numbers of voters chose “non-committal” to Biden. This suggests a growing voice of protest against Biden among Arab and Muslim Americans, which could have a significant impact on his re-election prospects in the upcoming presidential election in November.

While Biden has already secured the Democratic Party's nomination for president, anti-Biden sentiment among Arab and Muslim American voters could pose a challenge to his re-election campaign, particularly in swing states where his margins of victory in the 2020 presidential election were slim. The dissatisfaction expressed by these voters underscores the importance of addressing their concerns and working with their communities to secure their support in the upcoming elections.