President Joe Biden’s recent visit to Michigan may not have gone as smoothly as he had hoped. Despite receiving the endorsement of the United Auto Workers (UAW), it seems that not all members of the union are backing Biden. UAW president Shawn Fain admitted that a “great majority” of members will not be voting for the president. This could pose a serious problem for Biden, as Michigan is a crucial state that he will need to win if he hopes to secure a second term.
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But the UAW endorsement wasn’t the only challenge Biden faced during his visit. Arab-Americans, who make up a significant voting bloc in Michigan, are unhappy with his support for Israel in its war against Hamas. Some Palestinian American community leaders declined to meet with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, expressing their disappointment with the Biden administration’s handling of the situation in Gaza. Last week, Arab American elected officials also refused to meet with Biden’s campaign manager in Michigan, calling it “dehumanizing” to discuss electoral politics while the war is ongoing.
Adding insult to injury, it seems that even the pizza served aboard Air Force One on the way back from Michigan was a disappointment. A picture shared by a Bloomberg reporter showed a burnt, charred pizza that was supposed to be “Detroit-style.” This faux pas did not go unnoticed on social media, with many users mocking the burnt pizza as a metaphor for Biden’s trip to Michigan and his presidency as a whole.
Overall, Biden’s visit to Michigan highlighted the challenges he faces in winning over the state’s voters. With a divided union endorsement and backlash from Arab-Americans, it remains to be seen whether Biden can secure Michigan’s support for a second term. The burnt pizza incident only added to the negative perception of his visit and raises further questions about his ability to connect with the electorate.