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Call for Ceasefire Echoes Through Church During President Joe Biden’s Address

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President Joe Biden was interrupted by protesters calling for a ceasefire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas during his speech at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday. The church was the site of a mass shooting by a white supremacist in 2015 that killed nine people.

Biden, who was campaigning for his re-election bid in 2024, was speaking about the importance of democracy and truth in America when a group of activists started chanting “ceasefire now” from the pews. The protesters were quickly escorted out by security as Biden’s supporters countered with “four more years”.

Biden acknowledged the protesters and said he understood their passion. He also said he had been quietly working with the Israeli government to reduce the violence and end the hostilities in Gaza. He did not explicitly call for a ceasefire, however, despite growing pressure from some members of his own party and the international community.

Biden’s visit to South Carolina, a key battleground state, came amid signs of weakening support among Black voters, who were crucial for his victory in 2020. A recent poll showed Biden’s approval rating among Black Americans dropping to 76%, down from 89% in January. Some Black leaders, such as Representative Jim Clyburn, have expressed concern about Biden’s ability to energize and mobilize the Black community in 2024.

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