July 15, 2024

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

The #AbandonBiden marketing campaign press convention befell through 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 every year and addresses a spread of points together with understanding Islam, bettering well being care and social companies, and group activism.

Hassan Abdel Salam, co-leader of the #AbandonBiden motion from Minnesota, stated that the purpose was to “provoke all voters of conscience” to “get up” to Biden’s “betrayal.” He stated 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 right now, 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 america, we’re betrayed,” Salam stated, calling it an “American marketing campaign of justice.”

He stated: “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” might consequence within the return of former president Donald Trump, however stated that Arab and Muslim Individuals “haven’t 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 properly that not supporting the president means him probably shedding seven vital 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 stated.

“The president betrayed us. He violated the worth of dignity and life. The thought of ‘the lesser of two evils’ isn’t a bundle folks can help — a coverage of dying — there is no such thing as a better evil than dying. Even residing underneath a Republican for the subsequent 4 years is nothing in comparison with residing in the future in Gaza.”

Presidential candidates are given “electoral votes” after they win every of the nation’s 50 states. Electoral votes replicate inhabitants dimension. In 2020, Biden acquired 306 electoral votes, defeating Trump who acquired solely 232. To grow to be president, a candidate should have at the least 270 electoral votes. #AbandonBiden activists stated that they’ll forestall Biden from reaching that 270 electoral vote complete.

There are greater than 7 million Muslims and about 4.5 million Arabs in America, numbers estimated by group 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 embody 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 stated the Muslim vote would improve there considerably due to voter registration and activism.

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

Salam stated 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 only the start. We hope to alter the political panorama and convey each events nearer to pursuing justice in overseas coverage,” Salam stated.

“There isn’t 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 concept of not voting for Mr. Trump — if he’s working, that’s nonetheless an enormous query. We imagine this concept that your mother and father or your loved ones can’t come into the nation, the coverage which was pursued by Mr. Trump, isn’t like a coverage through which your family and friends are killed.”

The #AbandonBiden organizers stated 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 warfare, through which greater than 20,000 folks have been killed, together with greater than 8,000 youngsters.

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

“Mr. Biden, what’s the level of voting for you should 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 stated.

“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 is not going to cut price on the blood of harmless folks,” stated Khaled Kansou of Minnesota.

Khalid Turaani, a Michigan activist, condemned Biden for utilizing the US veto to dam a ceasefire on the UN that may have saved 1000’s 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 warfare 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 warfare crimes; that is genocide,” Turaani stated.

Turaani stated that the Arab and Muslim group had been insulted that cronies and supporters of President Biden had been dismissing Arab and Muslim anger and frustration as being “non permanent,” a “tantrum,” or an train in “remedy.”

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

Turaani stated that the group 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 problem was not about endorsing some other candidate. It was about “standing up for precept and morality.”

Salam stated that the motion could 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.