Van Jones: Biden may struggle to win support among key voting blocs due to stance on Israel

 February 4, 2024

As President Joe Biden's re-election prospects appear far from certain, Obama-era official Van Jones has come forward to suggest that the commander-in-chief faces an uphill battle to win support from groups of voters who believe he is complicit in genocide in Gaza, as Fox News explains.

In particular, according to Jones, Biden is facing serious headwinds when it comes to earning the trust of younger, Arab American voters who feel betrayed by his support of Israel amid its ongoing conflict with Hamas.

Jones sounds alarm

Fox News noted that Biden is currently attempting to combat a growing revolt among young Muslim and Arab American voters who have expressed frustration and outrage over his stance on Israel.

Many in those demographic groups -- which typically offer reliable support for Democratic Party candidates -- have gone so far as to accuse Biden of participating in genocide, and the president is now bleeding support for his re-election campaign.

Noting the severity of the problem for Biden during an appearance on CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront, Jones was asked whether the current situation was likely to boost former President Donald Trump's prospects for another term in the Oval Office, to which he replied, “It probably will,” Jones said. “We have seen four years of Trump and we have seen four years of Biden, and people don't really see a difference between the presidents.”

Speaking to recent rumblings of evaporating support from Arab American leaders in places like Dearborn, Michigan, which boasts one of the largest Middle Eastern populations in the country, Jones said, “It's a big problem for him right now.”

“There are four syllables that are aimed at him. 'Genocide Joe.' That is becoming something you're hearing from the younger people, the younger voters in the Arab American community,” he added.

Discontent in Dearborn

The anger that has been brewing among Arab American voters in places such as Dearborn was evident late last month by the cancellation of a planned meeting among members of Biden's campaign staff and a group of local leaders from the Muslim and Middle Eastern community, as the Detroit News reported at the time.

That move came as some in the area declared overtures from the Biden campaign to be wholly unwelcome unless and until the president called for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Assad Turfe, who was instrumental in originally coordinating the meeting, ultimately reversed course and transmitted a message to the president's representatives that said, “Unless something drastic happens, you have lost the Arab American and Muslim community.”

“At this point, from what I can see, there's no winning them over,” he added.

“It's about humanity”

Echoing those sentiments about their community's outrage of Biden's positions were Democrat Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud, Democratic state Reps. Alabas Farhat and Abraham Aivash, and Wayne County Commissioner Sam Beydoun.

Farhat opined about his decision to steer clear of the meeting with Biden's campaign staff, saying, “This pushback is not just about failed policy -- it's about humanity.”

“It's unrealistic to expect that political conversations will re-secure our support for the president when only a cease-fire can truly reopen that door,” he added, but just how much damage Biden will actually suffer as a result of this groundswell of opposition in a key swing state, only time will tell.

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