Biden is visiting a Ford plant in Dearborn, Michigan — home to one of the largest Arab-American populations in the United States — to highlight the new F-150 electric vehicle on Tuesday. Over the weekend, Dearborn was among a slew of cities across the world where demonstrations in support of Palestinians in Gaza took place. Hundreds of protesters turned out for the event, according to local media reports and across social media, where a direct warning was given to Biden.
“Tuesday, he will be here,” one speaker at the Dearborn demonstration said. “We have heard from him. He will hear from us.”
While hundreds marched in Dearborn on Sunday, it’s unlikely they will get anywhere near Biden on Tuesday. He is visiting the Ford River Rouge Complex, where the new F-150 Lightning is being built. This is Ford’s answer to the electric vehicle, aims to turn America’s best-selling pickup truck into a hybrid, built by union workers. The President will get a sneak peak of the truck, which will be formally unveiled Wednesday from Ford World Headquarters. The truck is scheduled to launch next year.
The trip was planned long before the deadly conflict began raging in the Middle East. But now, protesters are planning a large demonstration on Tuesday near where Biden is visiting.
A top Biden ally in Michigan told CNN that no meetings are currently scheduled between the President and local leaders who are demanding an end to violence against Palestinians and urging Biden to increase pressure on Israel.
“The timing of the trip couldn’t be worse, but this is not why he’s coming,” a top Democrat in Michigan says, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the feelings among Palestinian-Americans in Dearborn. “The anger toward President Biden is very real.”
Upon his arrival at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on Tuesday, Biden was seen speaking with Michigan Democratic Reps. Debbie Dingell and Rashida Tlaib — the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress — for several minutes.
Tlaib has been harshly critical of
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