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Writers united against Trump? Most divided on Biden

By nr39r Mar31,2024

Authors like Don Winslow are among democratic intellectuals and artists criticising the president’s Gaza crisis management eight months after the vote.

New York. Washington, we have a problem: his name isn’t Donald Trump. Joe Biden’s party approval is suffering as the Gaza war enters the election. Democrats are more divided than ever, and even academics and Hollywood, which is democratic, are splitting.

Joe Biden would have loved Bianca Siegl’s comment and how she barely paused before expressing it.

At a Seattle University area farmers’ market, the 47-year-old declares, “Of course I will be voting on Tuesday.” “If Trump wins, the world and my family would be in danger.”

American general election campaigning began after Nikki Haley suspended her campaign after Super Tuesday’s poor results and the president gave an unusually political and pugnacious State of the Union speech. Polls show up to 70% of people don’t want a Biden-Trump rematch, but it appears to be happening. Washington state holds its presidential primary on Tuesday as campaigns intensify. Local and federal parliamentarians are chosen in the summer, so Tuesday is only a chance for voters to choose between the 77-year-old former president and the 81-year-old incumbent.

Tina Sutter backs Biden. The 46-year-old qualified nurse thinks politics doesn’t make a “lot of difference” therefore she avoids it. Her parents support Trump, so she “cannot speak to them about politics”. She won’t vote Tuesday but will in November.

Trump is terrible, and everyone must prevent a repeat, she adds. She prioritises reproductive rights, social justice, and the environment, which Trump will regress in.

Seattle and Tacoma are famed for their apple markets, where residents travel hours to choose from Cosmic Crisp, Fuji, and other rare types. Washington state is the nation’s top apple grower. The fifth and fourth GOP-held congressional districts are in eastern and central Washington, which are more conservative than the west. Markets can be a rare meeting of people from both sides of the Cascade Mountains. Politics itself is ignored.

Biden won over 90% of Black women in 2020 exit polls. Marylynn P, a 63-year-old stall holder, refuses to reveal who she is voting for.

“Everything seems a mess right now,” she says. “Under Trump, there seemed to be less undocumented immigration and people flooding our cities.”

Trump followers are devoted.

He supported former police chief Loren Culp in 2022 to unseat Republican congressman Dan Newhouse, one of 10 GOP “traitors” who voted to impeach Trump on January 6. One Washington congressman who voted against Trump, Jaime Herrera Beutler, lost her seat to a Democrat, Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, who defeated a Trump-backed military veteran, Joe Kent.

In Goldendale, south of the state, Culp believes Trump will win a second term.

Since Ronald Reagan was the last Republican president to win Washington, Biden mostly attends private fundraising parties and taps into liberal-leaning tech millionaires’ wealth.

Biden defeated Trump 58–39 in 2020, and FiveThirtyEight’s current survey has him ahead 54–38.

However, Biden may face obstacles. As in Michigan and Minnesota, where 100,000 and 45,000 people voted “uncommitted”, protestors in Washington want to protest the administration’s backing for Israel’s military incursion in Gaza, which has killed over 31,000 Palestinians.

Postal ballots are distributed to most Washington voters in late February. The first state results release is usually more conservative than the electorate as a whole, but it moves left as mail returns and same-day voting results come in.

Bothell deputy mayor Rami Al-Kabra, an uncommitted group organiser, says ‘enough is enough’.

We must do more than call and protest in the streets. Our right to vote is our greatest asset as Americans.”

Al-Kabra, the state’s only elected Palestinian American politician, added: “And in Washington, we have this uncommitted delegates option to leverage this.”

Professor James Long, a political scientist at the University of Washington, will track “uncommitted” votes. He expects some “uncommitted voters” to “return home” in November, but some may wish to voice unhappiness on Tuesday.

“We don’t have as large a pro-Gaza or pro-Palestinian cause as in Michigan, but we have a lot of leftists,” he says.

The Guardian interviewed numerous Democrats who preferred a younger candidate over Biden, but none said they would choose “uncommitted”.

Many believed the 2024 election was too vital to undermine Biden’s chances.

According to retired architect Roger Tucker, 68, who was roaming the stands with his wife, Becky, 65, a former university administrator, “If Trump is in office for another four years, he’s going to be more powerful than before and less worried that people are going to push back on him.”


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