Biden response to Michigan uncommitted vote sows doubts he listened

DEARBORN, Michigan — The protest vote organized against President Joe Biden this week in the Great Lakes State asked the president to “Listen to Michigan.”

But despite members of Biden’s administration meeting with Arab and Muslim American community leaders this month, the initial response from the president’s campaign to Michigan’s primary Tuesday did not directly acknowledge the number of Democrats who marked themselves “uncommitted” to express their opposition to his approach to the IsraelHamas war.

Asked for her reaction late Tuesday night on live TV, Listen to Michigan campaign manager Layla Elabed, who had aimed for 10,000 Democrats to mark themselves as “uncommitted” before almost 101,000 did so, criticized Biden’s statement as negligent.

“To once again alienate the voices of his core constituency,
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