June 18, 2024

CHICAGO: At one of many nation’s largest gatherings of Muslim Individuals in Chicago on Saturday, leaders of the #AbandonBiden marketing campaign mentioned that the motion to dam Joe Biden’s re-election as a consequence of his refusal to assist a ceasefire to finish the killing of civilians in Gaza was “rising shortly and won’t flip again.”

The #AbandonBiden marketing campaign press convention passed off throughout the three-day annual conference hosted by the Muslim American Society and the Islamic Circle of North America at Chicago’s McCormick Conference Heart. The conference attracts greater than 25,000 attendees annually and addresses a variety of points together with understanding Islam, bettering well being care and social providers, and neighborhood activism.

Hassan Abdel Salam, co-leader of the #AbandonBiden motion from Minnesota, mentioned that the aim was to “impress all voters of conscience” to “rise up” to Biden’s “betrayal.” He mentioned 10 key swing states that Biden gained in 2020 are the primary targets however that the group was increasing to all 50 American state primaries to dam a Biden re-election victory within the Nov. 4, 2024 presidential election.

“We come to you as we speak, Muslim leaders from throughout the nation, united and targeted on one message: Abandon Biden. How did we get right here? After droves and droves of Arabs and Muslims in 2020 got here to Biden’s facet and made him president of the US, we’re betrayed,” Salam mentioned, calling it an “American marketing campaign of justice.”

He mentioned: “We got here right here due to a betrayal by a president who claimed he was dedicated to the worth of life, and justice and dignity, after which permitted and abetted genocides.”

Salam acknowledged that “abandoning Biden” may outcome within the return of former president Donald Trump, however mentioned that Arab and Muslim Individuals “don’t have any different selection” as a result of Biden “violated the dignity of life” by his opposition to a ceasefire in Gaza.

“We do that figuring out full effectively that not supporting the president means him probably shedding seven crucial swing states and as much as 9 that add as much as 133 electoral votes. Final election, 74 electoral votes was the margin that Mr. Biden gained by (over Trump). We’re right here to announce a 50-state technique involving all states, fundraising, engaged on messaging, engaged on information to make sure that President Biden loses the upcoming election,” Salam mentioned.

“The president betrayed us. He violated the worth of dignity and life. The thought of ‘the lesser of two evils’ shouldn’t be a bundle folks can assist — a coverage of demise — there isn’t any larger evil than demise. Even dwelling beneath a Republican for the following 4 years is nothing in comparison with dwelling sooner or later in Gaza.”

Presidential candidates are given “electoral votes” after they win every of the nation’s 50 states. Electoral votes mirror inhabitants dimension. In 2020, Biden acquired 306 electoral votes, defeating Trump who acquired solely 232. To change into president, a candidate will need to have not less than 270 electoral votes. #AbandonBiden activists mentioned that they will forestall Biden from reaching that 270 electoral vote whole.

There are greater than 7 million Muslims and about 4.5 million Arabs in America, numbers estimated by neighborhood leaders as a result of the US Census excluded the counting of Arabs and Muslims throughout its decennial depend.

“Swing states” the place Biden defeated Trump embrace Michigan, by solely 154,188 votes; Arizona by 10,457; in Wisconsin by 20,682; in Georgia by 11,779; in Nevada by 33,596; and in Pennsylvania by 81,660 votes. In Minnesota, which has a big Arab Muslim inhabitants, Biden defeated Trump by 233,012 votes. However Salam mentioned the Muslim vote would enhance there considerably due to voter registration and activism.

The dimensions of those vote variations are dwarfed by the greater than 155 million votes forged.

Salam mentioned that civil rights couldn’t be compromised for political agendas and that “defending the lives of others, even when they aren’t American,” is a precept that have to be embraced.

“This story is just the start. We hope to vary the political panorama and produce each events nearer to pursuing justice in overseas coverage,” Salam mentioned.

“There is no such thing as a selection … people inform us Mr. Trump may have a journey ban. However the actuality is what Mr. Trump’s coverage did, and we’re dedicated absolutely to the thought of not voting for Mr. Trump — if he’s working, that’s nonetheless a giant query. We consider this concept that your dad and mom or your loved ones can’t come into the nation, the coverage which was pursued by Mr. Trump, shouldn’t be like a coverage during which your family and friends are killed.”

The #AbandonBiden organizers mentioned that they’re pursuing collaboration with Hispanics, African-Individuals and youth who’re additionally shocked by Biden’s refusal to name for a ceasefire within the Gaza conflict, during which greater than 20,000 folks have been killed, together with greater than 8,000 kids.

Salam mentioned that the “#AbandonBiden marketing campaign” was “a political awakening” for the Arab and Muslim American neighborhood.

“Mr. Biden, what’s the level of voting for you in the event you deny 2.2 million folks water? Mr. Biden, what’s the level of voting for you once you deny 2.2. million folks meals?” Salam mentioned.

“It’s unhappy for us to say this, as a result of we had been by your facet … Individuals are amongst a number of the most beloved individuals who want and pursue a greater world. However they don’t perceive Gaza.”

Audio system on the press convention included activists from Minnesota, Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

“Mr. President, this isn’t a ‘tantrum.’ That is actual. And it’s past 2024. We advise you to pack your stuff and both go to Delaware or go to Pennsylvania as a result of we won’t discount on the blood of harmless folks,” mentioned Khaled Kansou of Minnesota.

Khalid Turaani, a Michigan activist, condemned Biden for utilizing the US veto to dam a ceasefire on the UN that will have saved hundreds of civilian lives, and for giving “extra weapons and ammunition” and funding to Israel to proceed the assault.

“The genocide is the purpose. That is the primary conflict in historical past that’s being live-streamed. It’s nearly embarrassing to name ourselves Individuals when our authorities, our tax {dollars}, are getting used to excuse these conflict crimes; that is genocide,” Turaani mentioned.

Turaani mentioned that the Arab and Muslim neighborhood had been insulted that cronies and supporters of President Biden had been disregarding Arab and Muslim anger and frustration as being “momentary,” a “tantrum,” or an train in “remedy.”

“Issues will likely be completely different in November … We are going to be sure you are a one-term president. We are going to just be sure you will go down in historical past paired with Gaza and that Gaza made you a one-term president,” Turaani mentioned.

Turaani mentioned that the neighborhood was particularly angered by how Biden had embraced Israel’s propaganda and “exaggerated claims” of violence whereas marginalizing counter-claims from Palestinians, leading to “much more Palestinians being killed.”

#AbandonBiden organizers emphasised that the difficulty was not about endorsing every other candidate. It was about “standing up for precept and morality.”

Salam mentioned that the motion can be organizing in every of the “swing states” and would set up a voting presence in all 50 US states. He urged the general public to go to www.AbandonBiden24.com for extra data.