The Sound Of Silence: Whitmer's Response To Anti-Israel Protests Leaves Michigan In Disbelief

By Jennifer Wentworth | Tuesday, 16 April 2024 01:45 AM
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In the wake of recent anti-Israel protests in Michigan, where chants of "Death to America" were heard, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, has remained notably silent.

This silence persists despite her willingness to comment on the potential impact of President Biden's handling of the Middle East conflict on his electoral prospects in the battleground state.

In an interview with Kristen Welker, host of NBC's "Meet the Press," Whitmer acknowledged the emotional toll of the ongoing conflict on Michigan's diverse communities. "A lot of people are hurting right now. A lot of people are one degree of separation from someone who's lost their lives, whether it was on October 7, or is in the war in Gaza," she said. She emphasized her commitment to maintaining an open dialogue and supporting these communities.

Michigan is home to the largest population of Arab-Americans in the United States. National polling data indicates that less than 20% of Arab-Americans would vote for Biden as the Middle East conflict continues. Despite this, Whitmer did not directly address the controversial chants heard at the recent Al-Quds Day rally in Dearborn, which were widely circulated online.

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The Biden administration, however, did not hesitate to condemn the chants. In a statement to Fox Digital, they denounced "these abhorrent and antisemitic remarks in the strongest terms." When asked if they still sought the votes of those who participated in the rally, the Biden campaign responded with a definitive "No."

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Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud also publicly denounced the chants, describing them as "unacceptable and contrary to the heart" of Dearborn. Meanwhile, Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a member of the House's left-wing Squad, declined to condemn the chants when questioned by a Fox Business reporter.

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Whitmer's silence on the matter has sparked criticism and outrage from state Republicans. Fox News Digital reached out to Whitmer’s office for comment on the chants but received no immediate response. Previous requests for comment as videos of the protest circulated online were also left unanswered.

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During her appearance on "Meet the Press," Whitmer was asked if she agreed with some Democrats who have described the war in the Middle East as a "genocide" on Gaza. She declined to comment on such divisive terms, stating, "I'm not gonna weigh in where I know that a lot of these terms are used to inflame and divide us. I'm gonna stay focused on being productive and hoping that we can have some peace very soon."

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The ongoing conflict in the Middle East and its impact on the diverse communities in Michigan, coupled with the controversial chants at the recent protest, continue to be a matter of concern. As the situation unfolds, the responses of political figures like Whitmer will be closely watched.

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