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Muslim Americans face 'Abandon Biden' dilemma - then who?

Published Dec 02, 2023 04:35PM ET Updated Dec 03, 2023 04:01AM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. File photo: Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director of CAIR-Minnesota, speaks in front of activists and protesters, as protests continue days after former police officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright, in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, U.S. April 15, 2021 2/2

By Andrew Hay

(Reuters) - Muslim American leaders from six battleground states on Saturday vowed to mobilize their communities against President Joe Biden's reelection over his support of Israel's war in Gaza, but they have yet to settle on an alternative 2024 candidate.

The states are among a handful that allowed Biden to win the 2020 election. Opposition from their sizeable Muslim and Arab American communities could complicate the president's path to Electoral College victory next year.

"We don't have two options. We have many options," Jaylani Hussein, director of Minnesota's Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) chapter, said at a press conference in Dearborn, Michigan, when asked about Biden alternatives.

"We're not supporting (former President Donald) Trump," he said, adding that the Muslim community would decide how to interview other candidates.

Hussein has said he was expressing his personal views, not those of CAIR.

The so-called #AbandonBiden campaign began when Minnesota Muslim Americans demanded Biden call for a ceasefire by Oct. 31, and has spread to Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida.

U.S. and Israeli officials have rebuffed pressure for a permanent halt in fighting, with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday echoing Biden saying Israel has a right to defend itself.

Biden's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Muslim Americans said they did not expect Trump to treat their community any better if reelected but saw denying Biden votes their only means to shape U.S. policy.

It remains to be seen whether Muslim voters would turn against Biden en masse, but small shifts in support could make a difference in states Biden won by narrow margins in 2020.

A recent poll showed Biden's support among Arab Americans has plunged from a comfortable majority in 2020 to 17%.

That could be decisive in a state like Michigan where Biden won by 2.8 percentage points and Arab Americans account for 5 percent of the vote, according to the Arab American Institute.

There are around 25,000 Muslim voters in Wisconsin, a state where Biden won by about 20,000 votes, said Tarek Amin, a doctor representing the state's Muslim community.

"We will change the vote, we will swing it," said Amin.

In Arizona, where Biden won by around 10,500 votes, there are over 25,000 Muslim voters according to the US Immigration Policy Center at the University of California San Diego, said Phoenix pharmacist Hazim Nasaredden.

"We will not stand with a man who has tainted a blue wave with red drops of blood," said Nasaredden.

Muslim Americans face 'Abandon Biden' dilemma - then who?
 

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Charles Manson
Charles Manson Dec 05, 2023 8:52AM ET
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If Big Don does visit Israel, like Elon did last week, then I will start paying my rent on time.
Charles Manson
Charles Manson Dec 04, 2023 7:20PM ET
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So glad the War is back on in Gaza. Think the Ham Bake Brothers ran out of hostages anyway. Looks like the IDF closed off a lot to tunnel entrances, entombing everyone inside. Good. Rumor has it Big Don may visit Israel soon to offer some solutions. Gonna burn a Palestinian flag at the Walmart parking lot here in Little Rock this weekend. Piggly Wiggly has a sale on Pork Steaks too. Anyway, the Trailer Court managers says my rent is over due.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Dec 04, 2023 7:20PM ET
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"Big Don may visit Israel soon to offer some solutions." - what solution is he offering?  asking his BFF Netayahu to resign?  that would be a start
John Hat
John Hat Dec 04, 2023 12:07AM ET
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They should vote with their feet and go back to the places they love most, the places whose flags they wave.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Dec 04, 2023 12:07AM ET
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do you say the same with all the people waving the israeli flags?
TheLast LoserDon
TheLast LoserDon Dec 03, 2023 6:55PM ET
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hold your nose closed and vote for Biden in 24 and then vote for whoever you want in 28 OR vote Trump in 24 and never get to vote again! It is that simple to lose our right to vote.
Casador Del Oso
Casador Del Oso Dec 03, 2023 6:55PM ET
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Hysterical nonsense.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Dec 03, 2023 6:55PM ET
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Trump himself promises to expel people with certain religious views, even if they are American citizens. You are not paying attention.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Dec 03, 2023 6:55PM ET
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Brad Albright  just wati until the real campaigning start and The Donald opens his mouth to rant about muslim, all the muslim americans will run back to Biden camp in no time mutting to themselves "WTF were we thinking not voting against this orange psycho???"
Tyrone Jackson
Tyrone Jackson Dec 03, 2023 1:25PM ET
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Lol! He abandoned the blacks, the Mexicans, the lesbians, the trannies, they Iranian, the Russian’s and any other losers that voted for him. So what’s the point Reuters?? Write something real about your leader. How much did he make off of his war Ukraine?? How much in his war in Gaza?? Write about that if you have a ounce of responsibility
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Dec 03, 2023 1:25PM ET
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Yeah, write about the lunatic delusions of magaloons.
Sherman Shields
Sherman Shields Dec 03, 2023 1:25PM ET
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Trash
Derick Lim
Derick Lim Dec 03, 2023 7:35AM ET
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The only thing they should abandon is violence
Dec 03, 2023 7:35AM ET
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Quit watching CNN
Jimmy Doodoo
JimmyD Dec 03, 2023 1:02AM ET
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There are quite a few people that want to #AbandonBiden
Sherman Shields
Sherman Shields Dec 03, 2023 1:02AM ET
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Including you
Jimmy Doodoo
JimmyD Dec 03, 2023 1:01AM ET
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There are quite a few people that want to #AbandonBiden
Jim Davies
Jim Davies Dec 02, 2023 10:44PM ET
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Muslins should first consider stopping the usage of rockets on innocent people and taking hostages.
Ge K
Ge K Dec 02, 2023 10:44PM ET
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Amen to that.
Darren Caris
DJC1 Dec 02, 2023 10:38PM ET
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Maybe they would be better off in a non-christian nation where women are treated like second hand citizens
Randy Randy
randy00 Dec 02, 2023 10:38PM ET
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Blackmail.
Ge K
Ge K Dec 02, 2023 10:38PM ET
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But very very true.
 
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