- Michigan Governor Whitmer Criticized Initiative to Vote for ‘Uncommitted’ Instead of President Joe Biden in Primary Election
- Progressives are pushing the protest vote for Biden to back Israel
- Michigan Holds Upcoming 2024 Primary Election on Tuesday, February 27
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned progressives in her state against casting an “uncommitted” protest vote instead of voting for President Joe Biden in the state’s primary next week.
Democrats and pro-Palestinian activists in Michigan are mobilizing to vote against Biden and protest his support for Israel in its war against Hamas terrorists operating from Gaza.
Michigan will hold its next presidential primary contest on Tuesday, February 27.
“However, I just want to make it clear that it is important not to lose sight of the fact that any vote that is not cast for Joe Biden supports a second Trump term,” Whitmer told CNN’s State of the Union host Dana Bash, Sunday.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) rejected efforts by her state’s progressives to cast her vote in the primary election as “uncommitted” instead of voting for President Joe Biden.
Progressives are angry about how Biden handled the situation in Israel during its war with Hamas terrorists operating from Gaza.
“A second Trump term would be devastating, not only for fundamental rights, not only for our democracy here at home, but also when it comes to foreign policy,” the Democratic governor continued. ‘This was a man who proposed a Muslim ban. “I think this is a moment where the stakes are high.”
“I’m encouraging people to cast a yes vote for President Biden.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who is Palestinian-American and is part of the progressive team in Congress, supports the protest election effort against the president. She was at an early voting site last weekend promoting the initiative.
Michigan held its first in-person early voting this primary cycle, and since the start of early voting last Saturday, more than 500,000 Michigan voters have cast their ballots. The early voting period ends on Sunday, February 25.
While Biden is the de facto Democratic nominee, Michigan voters want to send a message that they want the White House to change its policy on Israel and the Palestinian enclaves in Gaza and the West Bank.
“I understand the pain that people are feeling and I will continue to build bridges with people in all of these communities because they are all important to me, they are all important to Michigan and, I know, they are all important to me.” President Biden too,” Whitmer said Sunday.
Michigan held two weekends of in-person early voting for the 2024 presidential primary. Early voting in the state ends Sunday, February 25 ahead of Election Day on Tuesday, February 27.
The governor is one of Biden’s top surrogates and is promoting his re-election in her state, which is a swing state in the 2024 general election.
In 2016, Michigan voted red for Trump by a slim margin of 0.3 percent. And in 2020, the state turned blue for Biden by a difference of almost 3 percent.
Trump is seeking to turn the state red again in the 2024 election, aligning himself with other swing states that could determine who will sit behind the Resolute Desk in January 2025.