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Former President Donald Trump draws great crowds to his rallies, but he also generates quite a bit of opposition in blue cities like New York when he makes appearances there for various reasons.
Now, President Joe Biden is getting similar treatment, this time from pro-Palestinian demonstrators.
According to Fox News, Biden returned home on Saturday “a short distance from hundreds of protesters accusing him of genocide” for supporting Israel’s right to self-defense after being attacked by Palestinian-backed Hamas, which the State Department considers a terrorist group.
“Biden, Biden, you can’t hide! We charge you with genocide!” the crowd chanted ahead of the president’s arrival.
Protesters were demanding that Biden push Israel for a cease-fire. Left-wing activist Linda Sarsour, a child of Palestinian immigrants who came to the U.S., spoke at the protest.
The Biden administration and the Israeli government have both agreed to a daily cease-fire to allow aid to flow into Gaza, but both also oppose a permanent cease-fire. Also, there are still an estimated 240 hostages in Gaza taken by Hamas fighters on Oct. 7, the day they launched a surprise attack on Israel. Ten of those are believed to be Americans.
Last week, Michigan Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a member of the progressive “Squad,” accused Biden, the leader of her party, of being complicit in “genocide.”
In a video posted to social media, she demanded that Biden support an immediate cease-fire to stop “the genocide of the Palestinian people” or face the consequences in the 2024 presidential election.
“The majority of the American people are not with you on this one. #CeasefireNow,” she said on X, formerly Twitter.
The scenes in the video showed protests in various cities in the nation, with people chanting slogans like “No peace on stolen land!” Illinois “Free! Free! Palestine!” and Michigan “From the river to the sea.”
“We will remember in 2024,” she said before the words “Joe Biden supported the genocide of the Palestinian people” appeared on the screen.
While Biden’s approval rating has been falling for months now, it took yet another hit — among Democrat voters, no less — over his support for Israel.
According to Axios, citing a new Gallup survey, Biden’s approval rating fell 11 points in a single month among Democrats, falling to a record low of 75 percent, and that is largely due to his support for the Jewish state.
“Biden is at risk of alienating members of his own party with his unequivocal support for Israel, which has carried out a weeks-long bombardment and total siege of Gaza in response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 terrorist attacks,” Axios reported.
The results come after Gallup found in February that more Democrats sympathized with Palestinians than Israelis for the first time since the polling firm asked the question.
“The divide is particularly stark between generations: Less than half (48%) of Gen Z and millennials believe the U.S. should publicly voice support for Israel, according to a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll,” Axios continued.
While Biden’s steadfast support for Israel, his trip there, and his request that Congress provide $14 billion in aid for the country won him plaudits from Israel supporters, four new national surveys found that it didn’t translate into a net gain in political support at home, Axios reported.
“Biden’s approval in October’s Gallup poll fell four points to match a record low of 37%, driven by his slide among Democrats and a four-point drop-off among independents (35%). His approval among Republicans remained steady at 5%,” the outlet continued.
“Joe Biden has single-handedly alienated almost every Arab American and Muslim American voter in Michigan,” Democratic state Rep. Alabas Farhat told NBC News last week.
“The Biden administration and Democrats as a whole are going to have to do a lot of work to rebuild some level of trust with my community,” Farhat added. “It’s never too late to do the right thing.”