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Rashida Tlaib Faces Backlash Online After Urging Voters Not to Support Biden

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Source: The Wall Street Journal

Representative Rashida Tlaib, a progressive Democrat from Michigan, has faced criticism on social media for encouraging voters to withhold their support for President Joe Biden in the state’s primary election. Biden, as the likely Democratic presidential nominee and the incumbent, has secured significant victories in previous primaries.

However, Tlaib’s call for voter restraint may pose a challenge to Biden’s support among Arab and Muslim communities in Michigan, mainly due to criticisms of his response to Israel’s conflict with Gaza.

Tlaib’s remarks, made outside the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, Michigan, urged voters to unite in creating a voting bloc against policies supporting war and destruction. She emphasized the importance of raising voices and not feeling neglected by the government, urging voters to express their discontent through the ballot box.

Social media platforms, notably X (formerly Twitter), became platforms for the debate surrounding Tlaib’s stance. Critics, including “Republicans against Trump,” questioned her strategy and hinted at potential primary challenges. Civil rights attorney Andrew C. Laufer sarcastically commented on the perceived contradiction in Tlaib’s call to action.

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The discussion also touched upon Biden’s policies, particularly regarding Arab and Muslim communities. The previous administration’s travel bans, often called the “Muslim ban,” drew attention to Biden’s reversal of these policies upon taking office. Nevertheless, concerns remain among voters about Biden’s stance on issues affecting these communities.

Christopher Webb, a self-proclaimed lifelong Democrat, questioned Tlaib’s effectiveness as a representative, citing her approval rating. A Redfield and Wilton Strategies/Newsweek poll reflected mixed sentiments toward Tlaib’s job performance in Michigan.

Tlaib’s advocacy for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, alongside other progressive lawmakers and pro-Palestinian activists, has been central to her platform. The ongoing conflict has led to significant casualties, with calls for Biden to intervene and secure the release of hostages.

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In response to criticisms, a coalition of Muslim Americans, including those in swing states like Michigan, initiated a campaign urging voters to reconsider their support for Biden in the upcoming election. Former GOP congressman David Jolly warned of potential consequences for the Democratic coalition if voices like Tlaib’s do not align behind the party’s nominee.

Former GOP congressman David Jolly warned that Biden could be defeated come November from “Democrats beating themselves” while appearing on MSNBC’s Alex Witt Reports. Jolly, who served Florida’s 13th Congressional District from 2014 to 2017, left the Republican Party in 2018.

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“You’re telling me going into 2024 that a sitting Democratic congresswoman and a leading voice on the left are going to say, ‘Meh. We don’t know about our guy, maybe we shouldn’t support him,'” Jolly said, referring to Tlaib and radio host Charlamagne tha God. Charlamagne tha God called Biden “an uninspiring candidate” in an interview with Jonathan Karl on ABC News’s This Week.

Jolly continued: “That is a bunch of hot garbage, Alex. If those voices don’t fall in line, don’t expect the coalition to be there in November that you need to defeat Donald Trump.”

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