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Craven Election Pandering
Fearful of losing Muslim voters in Michigan, Team Biden chooses fiction over fact
Over the weekend, Hamas cheerleader NBC News reported that President Biden’s full-throated support for Israel after the October 7 terrorist attacks has put him at odds with Arab and Muslim voters in Michigan who are none too happy that the guy they voted for in 2020 is siding with America’s ally rather than the Iranian-backed terrorists who slaughtered its people.
Here Michigan Muslims helped elect Joe Biden, and he turns around and betrays them by condemning the side that butchered whole families, including children and the elderly, set them on fire, and chopped off their body parts.
The nerve of him!
According to NBC News, Biden won Michigan in 2020 due in part to the 65% of Muslims who voted for him over Donald Trump, which is significant since Michigan has the largest Muslim and Arab population of any state in the country.
The message NBC News was sending to the White House was clear: You won’t win Michigan in 2024 if you condemn Hamas and express support for Israel.
Gauging from the White House’s recent pronouncements, it appears Team Biden got the message loud and clear.
On Monday, the staffer running Joe Biden’s X account posted an image featuring white print on a black background that read: “There is NO PLACE in America FOR HATE – PRESIDENT Joe Biden.”
What made my jaw hit the floor, however, was the message accompanying the image:
As Americans, we must come together and reject Islamophobia and all forms of bigotry and hatred.
I have said repeatedly that I will not be silent in the face of hate.
We must be unequivocal: There is no place in America for hate against anyone.
Islamophobia gets top billing while antisemitism gets relegated to the generic “all forms of bigotry and hatred?” Really?
Since October 7, pro-Hamas/anti-Israel protesters have been swarming the streets celebrating the attacks while chanting antisemitic rhetoric like “From the river to the sea” and carrying signs featuring a Hamas paraglider and other incendiary images targeting Jews.
Meanwhile, attacks on synagogues, other Jewish facilities, and American Jews have increased, including in Michigan, where a Detroit synagogue president was stabbed to death outside her home on Saturday.
Jewish Americans have targets on their backs, and Joe Biden thinks, “Now’s a good time to lecture the country about Islamophobia!”
That’s not tone-deafness. That’s Team Biden’s way of letting Michigan Muslims know they got the message.
And just in case some of those voters don’t use social media, the White House amplified the talking point during yesterday’s press briefing.
When asked how concerned President Biden was about “the potential rise of antisemitism” in the country, this was that ridiculous Muppet Karine Jean-Pierre said:
So, a couple of things. Look, we have not seen any credible threats. [Yeah, really - Dianny] I know there’s been always questions about credible threats. And so, just want to make sure that that’s out there.
[Here comes the “but” – Dianny]
But, look, Muslim and those perceived to be Muslim have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks. [This, of course, is a lie – Dianny] And certainly President Biden understands that many of our Muslim, Arab — Arab — Arab Americans and Palestinian American loved ones and neighbors are worried about the hate being directed at their communities. [Did you hear that Michigan Muslim voters?!] And that is something you heard the President speak to in his — in his address just last — last Thursday.
Bari Weiss, the editor of The Free Press, the independent outlet reporting extensively on Israel and Gaza, posted pictures on X showing graffiti scrawled outside the outlet’s offices that read “Fuck Israel” and “Fuck Jews.”
But there are no credible threats against Jews, right Karine?
The virulent antisemitism I’ve seen on X over the last two weeks has taken my breath away, and I’m not easily mortified.
I’ve seen videos crawl across my X feed showing vicious, hateful creatures spitting invectives at Jews, not from the streets of Beirut but from the streets of American cities.
Gallery owner Eli Klein on Monday posted footage of pro-Hamas protesters outside his apartment building calling for a “final solution” and an Intifada. In his post, Klein wrote, “Never did I expect to see this kind of open antisemitism so close to home.”
[“But is it a credible threat?” Karine asked (probably).]
It’s as if the White House is trying to take the parody out of late comedian Norm MacDonald’s 2016 tweet:
What terrifies me is if ISIS were to detonate a nuclear device and kill 50 million Americans. Imagine the backlash against peaceful Muslims?
To pander to a voting bloc critical to Biden’s reelection, the White House is pretending that the antisemitic threats against American Jews aren’t “credible” while claiming that Muslims are the true victims here.
As I said on X last night:
It’s election pandering, nothing more. Yes, it is craven and cynical. But that’s exactly why they’re doing it.
As vile as it is, this is no different from when Joe Biden played “Despacito” on his iPhone during a Hispanic Heritage Month event in Florida to pander to Hispanic voters in the last election. In both cases, it is all about the votes.
I guarantee that someone in the White House read that NBC News report and broke out in a panicked sweat.
Within no time, the comms team hammered out a plan to promote the idea that it is the Muslim community, not the Jewish community, that is facing a torrent of attacks, not because it’s true but because Team Biden hopes it will convince Muslim voters in a key swing state not to abandon Joe next November.
However much you think you despise politicians, you don’t despise them enough.
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