Sarah May
January 7, 2024

Biden campaign reportedly losing volunteers in large numbers over president's Israel policy

Amid rampant reports of Joe Biden losing the support of legions of voters among typical Democrat Party strongholds comes news that the president's re-election campaign is now shedding volunteers in alarming numbers, as RedState's Nick Arama explains.

At issue for many of the disgruntled liberals is the administration's policy positions on Israel, with many of the defectors bolting out of solidarity for the Palestinian cause.

Staffers issue demand

As Politico recently reported, a group of Biden staffers engaged to assist with the reelection campaign issued a written warning to the president and those closest to him about the risks his stance toward Israel is posing to party unity.

Urging Biden to demand a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict, the staffers scolded the president on what they view as an obvious course of action.

“As your staff, we believe it is both a moral and electoral imperative for you to publicly call for a cessation of violence,” they wrote in the screed posted anonymously to Medium.

The piece went on, “Complicity in the death of over 20,000 Palestinians, 8,200 of whom are children, simply cannot be justified,” an apparent reference to statistics provided by Hamas.

Electoral consequences threatened

The frustrated staffers noted that unless Biden changed course, his 2024 reelection prospects would grow increasingly dim, and they cited a New York Times poll indicating that 64% of Democratic voters are of the belief that Israel should halt military operations to limit civilian casualties, whether or not Hamas has been fully neutralized.

The authors of the letter than spoke in even more practical terms, stating that “Biden for President staff have seen volunteers quit in droves, and people who have voted blue or decades feel uncertain about doing so for the first time ever, because of this conflict.”

“The campaign has to shift the feeling in the pits of voters' stomachs, the same feeling that weighs on us every day as we fight for your reelection,” they added. “The only way to do that is to call for a ceasefire.”

Defections afoot

Whether the volume of campaign staff departures is indeed a serious as the staffers' letter suggests remains unknown, and the language used may have been hyperbolic in an attempt to persuade the president toward the signers' viewpoint.

However, this month has already seen the resignation of a senior Education Department official, Tariq Habash, who cited Biden's Israel stance as the reason, as Reuters noted.

Habash's move came mere months after longtime State Department official Josh Paul made a similar decision, citing Biden's handling of the Middle East crisis, and whether the ongoing conflict will continue to result in the president's hemorrhaging of support, only time will tell.

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