Over 100,000 Vote ‘Uncommitted’ in Michigan Primary to Send Message to Biden Over Support for Gaza Slaughter

The votes could make a big difference in the November presidential election

Over 100,000 people voted “uncommitted” in the Michigan Democratic primary to send a message to President Biden over his unconditional support for the Israeli slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza.

Biden still received 640,000 votes, over 80%, but 100,000 votes could make a big difference in the November presidential election since Michigan is a swing state.

A new campaign called Listen to Michigan urged voters to withhold their support for Biden until he calls for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza. A spokesman for the campaign said the over 100,000 votes exceeded expectations.

“We have led a movement that is far exceeding expectations, using the ballot box to urge America to stop killing our families,” said spokesman and Democratic strategist Abbas Alawieh, according to NPR. “That’s all we’re asking for. Just stop killing our families.”

Alawieh made the comments at a watch party in Dearborn, Michigan, where the majority of residents are of Middle Eastern and North African descent. Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud supports the campaign and said the purpose is to “bring the morality back to this country.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who is of Palestinian descent, took part in the campaign and said she was “proud” to vote uncommitted. “When 74 percent of Democrats in Michigan support a ceasefire, yet President Biden is not hearing us, this is the way we can use our democracy to say ‘listen.’ Listen to Michigan,” she said.

A new poll from Data for Progress found that 67% of American voters believe the US should call for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and a general de-escalation of violence. But President Biden refuses to call for an end to the brutal campaign and is pushing a hostage deal that includes a temporary six-week truce.

In the meantime, Biden continues to provide unconditional support for the mass killing of Palestinians despite the massive civilian casualty rate and the International Court of Justice ruling it’s plausible the Israeli campaign is “genocide.”

Author: Dave DeCamp

Dave DeCamp is the news editor of Antiwar.com, follow him on Twitter @decampdave.