Biden may have very well just sealed his fate in 2024.
President Joe Biden may have crossed a critical threshold that has distanced some of his key supporters from his reelection campaign.
According to Newsweek, Biden’s handling of the conflict in Gaza has placed the president in a challenging position with several vital Democratic constituencies, including progressives, young Americans, and voters of color, who increasingly perceive Biden as leaning too favorably towards Israel.
While foreign policy typically doesn’t take center stage in presidential elections, a growing number of Americans are hesitant to support a second term for Biden due to his reluctance to call for a cease-fire in the Middle East.
“I will not be voting for Joe Biden under any circumstance. I don’t care about any other policy that he has championed. I cannot, as an Armenian-American, support a president who has green-lit the ethnic cleansing and genocide of Palestinians in Palestine,” Ana Kasparian, host of the popular online news show The Young Turks, mentioned in a recent broadcast. “This, for me, is the red line.”
Kasparian, with 5.65 million subscribers on her show said that she supports the alliance between the United States and Israel and backs efforts to combat violence in Palestine.
“I’m not in favor of Biden essentially allowing for the complete dismantling of international law to engage in this double standard concerning Palestine,” she said.
Activist Bree Newsome, known for removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds in 2015, expressed that she wouldn’t back the Democratic Party in the next election unless they call for a cease-fire.
A Reuters poll on Tuesday revealed that 68 percent of Americans support the idea of a cease-fire, with about three-quarters of Democrats and half of Republicans in agreement.
“It is frustrating to see a president, the White House, and the Democratic Party act so out of step with the majority of voters,” said Usamah Andrabi, the communications director of the Justice Democrats. “There’s no amount of propaganda or spin that can make watching airstrikes on refugee camps and hospitals easier to stomach for the average American voter across the political spectrum,” he added.
Shibley Telhami, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute who has been tracking public opinion on the issue in the U.S. for decades, mentioned that the shift in attitudes has reached a boiling point unlike anything he has observed in the past.