MIDDLE EAST

Why Biden is Losing Michigan (And the Election)

How backing Israel is costing the incumbent a return to the White House

Sikander Hayat Khan
Politics Uncensored
8 min readJun 19, 2024

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Can you remember the last time the electoral fate of a sitting president was intertwined with the fate of foreign civilians, thousands of miles away? Or the last time a state — one state — had this much say over an entire election? The Palestinians in Gaza, who are now in their ninth month of being carpet bombed and ethnically cleansed, are not American, yet their suffering might sway which way this election swings — especially so in the state of Michigan.

It’s going to be one of the most crucial states come November. Without its backing, Biden can’t win. Those 15 electoral points are what stands between him and certain defeat. He needs to win them as badly as he needs to breathe — and currently, the president is gasping for air.

His near-constant support for the Israeli war on Gaza has tanked his support among certain demographics (think Blacks, Hispanics, and the young) but especially so among Muslim and Arab Americans; minorities who backed him to the hilt in 2020, securing an end to the Trump era. But nowhere is Biden’s change in fortune so visible as it is in Michigan.

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Sikander Hayat Khan
Politics Uncensored

Essays on U.S. politics and the Middle East. Law and politics grad. Masters in Law. Published in The Friday Times.