Biden campaign: We don't want the votes of 'Death to America' protesters in Michigan

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EXCLUSIVE: The Biden campaign said it does not want the votes of those caught on video chanting "Death to America" during a recent anti-Israel rally in the 2024 battleground state of Michigan.

A Dearborn crowd was led in chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" by Michigan-based activist Tarek Bazzi during last Friday’s International Al-Quds Day rally.

When asked if the president was still courting those agitators, who typically lean Democrat, Biden campaign spokesperson Charles Lutvak replied, "No."

Bazzi’s remarks were also denounced by the White House.

"The White House condemns these abhorrent and antisemitic remarks in the strongest terms," deputy press secretary Andrew Bates told Fox News Digital. "As President Biden has said, America is the greatest nation on Earth and a beacon to the world."

The question whether Biden wants the votes of those same Michigan protesters in November is a pivotal one, given that the state is likely to play a key role in the rematch between Biden and former President Trump.

The campaign initially limited its comments to the chants themselves, largely reciting the White House statement.

Biden's campaign spokesperson Lauren Hitt told Fox News Digital that the chants had been "condemned" by the campaign. Lutvak reiterated that the "Biden-Harris campaign denounces these disgusting and antisemitic remarks."

"President Biden knows America is the greatest nation in the world. Full stop," Lutvak said.

The controversy surrounding the Dearborn rally comes amid the city's emergence as one of the key centers of resistance to Biden’s re-election bid. During last month's Democratic primary in Michigan, more than 100,000 voters marked "uncommitted" on their ballots instead of supporting Biden as the party’s nominee.

The voter hostility toward Biden is chiefly a result of the administration's stance on Israel, which is at war with Hamas after the terror group's Oct. 7 attack on the Jewish State. Though the White House has shown increasingly tepid support for the U. S. ally, many of those opposed to the Israeli offensive remain unsatisfied.

For its part, the campaign has worked to ease the tension with voters in Dearborn, a city with the highest per capita Muslim population in the country. Campaign officials met with Arab American and Muslim leaders in the area in January, though that outreach was derided as "dehumanizing" by Democratic Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud.

"This is not a moment for electoral politics," Hammoud told CNN after the meeting. "Over the course of now, 115 days, Israel murdered more than 26,000 Gazans and displaced over 2 million.... (Read more)