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Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s Silence on ‘Death to America’ Chants Speaks Volumes About Her Own Hypocrisy

In the political landscape where condemnation of offensive remarks is standard, silence can speak volumes. 

This is the situation with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has not commented on recent anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiments voiced at a local rally.

On April 5, the Al-Quds Committee Detroit held a rally in Dearborn, Michigan, supporting Palestinians amid ongoing conflicts with Israel. 

The gathering took a controversial turn as participants chanted “death to America” and “death to Israel,” sparking significant backlash online.

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These chants are not just inflammatory; they touch on deep historical and geopolitical nerves, considering the complex relationship between the U.S., Israel, and Palestine, intensified by recent conflicts involving Hamas.

In fact, activist Tarek Bazzi started the event at Dearborn by asking the crowd to pray for “the victory of the resistance,” calling Israel a “godless, satanic cancer.” 

Gov. Whitmer, seen as a rising star within the Democratic Party and potential future presidential candidate, has remained notably silent on the issue — a silence that has not gone unnoticed given her previous quick responses to other national controversies.

While Whitmer actively engaged with her state’s Muslim community to celebrate the end of Ramadan, her lack of response to the rally’s extreme rhetoric has raised questions about her selective engagement on sensitive issues.

The incident has attracted attention from major media outlets and prompted criticism from various political figures who view the governor’s silence as politically motivated, particularly in light of her ambitions and the upcoming presidential elections.

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Whitmer’s quick condemnation of a Wall Street Journal opinion piece earlier in the year, which she labeled as Islamophobic, contrasts sharply with her current non-response, highlighting a possible double standard in addressing public controversies.

Other political leaders, including Dearborn’s mayor and Arab American community leaders, have publicly denounced the anti-American chants, positioning themselves against the extremist rhetoric showcased at the rally.

The silence from Whitmer and other prominent Democrats like Rep. Rashida Tlaib can be interpreted as a strategic move to maintain voter support in Michigan, a pivotal state in the upcoming elections, without alienating specific voter blocks.

The controversy underscores the challenges leaders face in balancing political strategy with principled leadership. 

For Gov. Whitmer, the decision to remain silent on this issue might cater to tactical electoral considerations but risks undermining her stance as a leader willing to confront extremism head-on.

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