Biden’s Michigan trip overshadowed by Israel-Gaza conflict

President Joe Biden‘s union-focused campaign trip to blue-collar Michigan on Thursday was overshadowed by news and controversy surrounding the Israel-Hamas war.

Biden trekked to the state, one of five he flipped from former President Donald Trump to win the presidency four years ago, hoping to plug his recent United Auto Workers endorsement.

“To me, it’s a basic, basic thing, and I mean this sincerely,” he told a gathering of union members while surrounded by posters spelling out “UAW 4 JOE.” “Wall Street didn’t build the middle class. Labor built the middle class, and the middle class built the country.”

But outside of the event, the day’s news was dominated by protests and a new executive order signed by Biden that sanctions some Israeli settlers in the West Bank.

Later, as Biden arrived for a meeting with local UAW members,
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