Rep. Tlaib Urges Democrats to Vote Against Biden in Primary

( – Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan is urging her fellow state party members to cast an “uncommitted” vote in the Michigan primary election, even if it hurts party leader President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign.

In a video posted on social media last Saturday, February 17th, by the “Listen to Michigan” initiative, Tlaib expressed dissatisfaction with the Biden administration’s handling of the ongoing crisis in the Middle East. That crisis escalated after Hamas attacked Israel on October 7th last year and killed roughly 1,200. Israel has since killed around 29,000 Palestinians in their subsequent siege of the Gaza Strip and injured about 70,000 more.

The Michigan congresswoman called on fellow Democrats in her state to vote “uncommitted” in the upcoming primary election on February 27th, justifying the decision by alluding to the siege of Gaza and criticizing the Biden administration for supporting Israel. Tlaib, who is the only Palestinian-American in Congress, has been perhaps the most vocal proponent of a cease-fire between Hamas and the Jewish state, while the Biden administration has only taken a moderate position of approving temporary pauses to provide aid to those affected in Gaza and secure hostage releases. The president seems to be feeling the pressure and is now urging the UN for a temporary cease-fire.

In the video for “Listen to Michigan,” which was shot in Dearborn outside of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Tlaib said that marching “against the genocide” and calling on Congress members and elected officials to pass resolutions are both important, creating “a voting bloc” is also important in order to send a message to lawmakers that “enough is enough.” She said Palestinian Americans “feel completely neglected” by their government.

Tlaib said those who want their voices to be heard “louder” should come out to the primary election and vote “uncommitted” rather than in support of the president, who is the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party.

Tlaib’s sister, Layla Elabed, is the campaign manager at Listen to Michigan and told reporters that an uncommitted vote is their way of “demanding change” and returning political power to the people. Over 30 officials across the state have pledged an uncommitted vote in the primary election, including the mayor of Dearborn, Abdullah Hammoud, and members of the city council. Dearborn has a large Arab community.

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