Feb 18, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Tlaib calls to vote against Biden in Michigan primary

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, wearing a black jacet and keffiyah, stands with colleagues and activists outside the Capitol at a podium with a "unions for ceasefire now" poster on it.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) on Saturday urged Michigan Democrats to vote "uncommitted" in the state's Feb. 27 primary rather than for President Biden.

Why it matters: It marks an escalation in the rupture between Biden and his party's most left-wing members over his administration's support of Israel.

Driving the news: In a video posted to social media by Listen to Michigan, a campaign to get Michigan Democrats to vote "uncommitted," Tlaib said "it is important, as you all know, to not only march ... [but] to create a voting bloc."

  • "We don't want a country that supports war and bombs and destruction," the Palestinian-American congresswoman said. "This is the way you can raise our voices. Don't make us even more invisible."
  • The group, led by Tlaib's sister, has also touted support from progressive former Michigan Rep. Andy Levin.

The backdrop: Biden has faced increasing criticism from progressive lawmakers and activists for his stance on Israel.

Reality check: A similar effort to get voters to write in "ceasefire" in New Hampshire's Democratic primary last month fell largely flat.

  • Just under 1,500 voters – around 1.2% – wrote in the word, with Biden winning 64% of the vote in a write-in campaign.
  • Biden has since romped to victory in South Carolina and Nevada, and faces only one long-shot opponent in Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.).
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