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Anti-Israel Protesters Block Biden Motorcade Route to State of the Union Address

On Thursday night, a large gathering of anti-Semitic, anti-Israel protesters formed a crowd to block the main route that was to be used by Joe Biden’s motorcade to get to the U.S. Capitol for his State of the Union address.

As Breitbart reports, multiple videos went viral depicting the crowd sitting and standing in Pennsylvania Avenue, chanting various things such as “Shame” and “Genocide Joe.”

Far-left demonstrations against Israel and in favor of the terrorist group Hamas have become widespread in the United States ever since the October 7th terrorist attacks, in which Hamas killed over 1,400 Israeli citizens in a surprise massacre that affected the whole country. The attack launched a war between Israel and Hamas which is still ongoing.

Anti-Israel protesters have disrupted Biden’s speeches elsewhere, including his speech in a church in Charleston commemorating the anniversary of a mass shooting there, while mobs of anti-Israel rioters have, on several occasions, scaled the White House fence and assaulted Secret Service agents under the cover of nightfall. But despite these and other criminal actions, very few anti-Israel protesters ever get arrested; there were no reports of arrests as a result of the incident Thursday night, and Biden’s motorcade instead used an alternate route to get to the Capitol.

The nickname of “Genocide Joe” in particular has drawn the White House’s ire. In November, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby denounced the moniker, although he ultimately defended the protesters’ right to freedom of speech.

“People can say what they want on the sidewalk, and we respect that. That’s what the First Amendment is about,” said Kirby at the time. “But this word genocide is getting thrown around in a pretty inappropriate way by lots of different folks.”

“What Hamas wants, make no mistake about it, is genocide. They want to wipe Israel off the map,” Kirby continued. “They’ve said so publicly on more than one occasion, in fact, just recently. And they’ve said that they’re not going to stop.”

Despite the Biden Administration initially taking a firmly pro-Israel stance, Biden has shifted his rhetoric in recent weeks, calling for a ceasefire and hinting at a two-state solution, both priorities of the anti-Israel protesters, and has also criticized the actions taken by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The incident ahead of the State of the Union address highlights the growing problem for Biden and the Democratic Party represented by the anti-Israel Left, which consists primarily of young Americans, Muslims, and Arab-Americans. This issue is believed to be the main cause of campaigns in numerous primary states to vote “Uncommitted” as a protest vote against Biden. In the states of Michigan and Minnesota, both of which have high Muslim populations, the “Uncommitted” option received 13% and 19% of the vote, respectively.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES - MARCH 07: Hundreds of demonstrators demanding an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip unfurled a large Palestinian flag and staged a sit-in on a major roadway the US President Joe Biden would normally use to reach the Capitol building, just minutes before he is set to address a joint session of Congress in Washington DC, United States on March 07, 2024. Pro-Palestinian activists have been carrying out demonstrations across key parts of the US capital as President Joe Biden prepares to deliver the annual State of Union address. (Photo by Celal Gunes/Anadolu via Getty Images)