Ethiopian American community that helped flip Virginia for Democrats in 2008 have this year swung for Republican candidates, sending a message to the Biden administration about its rather belligerent and failed foreign policy towards Ethiopia. The Washington Post reports that the community swung for Republican candidates which will probably spell trouble for Democrats elsewhere.
As reported by the Washington Post, “The Democratic Party right now is the Biden administration, and they blindsided us on foreign policy,” said Makonnen, an engineer who lives in Ashburn. “We were Democrats because we believed in the system. But everybody in the Ethiopian community is feeling the pain of neglect.”
Like him, some Ethiopian Americans in Virginia heeded calls to cast a vote for the GOP at the polls earlier this month amid a coordinated effort to express disapproval with how President Biden has handled growing conflict in the East African nation.
The report further states that those involved in the effort support Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has vowed to “bury this enemy with our blood and bones.”
Leaders of the effort say that by authorizing sanctions on Ethiopia and cutting off trade benefits, Biden has effectively empowered the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a repressive regime that led the country before Abiy.
And with seemingly no response to their concerns from the White House, organizers said, Abiy supporters in Virginia took their message to the polls — despite, or perhaps because of, the Ethiopian community’s long allegiance with Democrats.
“The government’s approach is so illogical at this point that we have to show we are disappointed in an area that can potentially hurt the Democratic Party,” said Mesfin Tegenu, chairman of the American-Ethiopian Public Affairs Committee (AEPAC).
Meanwhile, Ethiopians around the world are planning a global rally on November 21, to denounce US intervention in Ethiopia, denounce support for TPLF insurrectionists and defend Ethiopia sovereignty.
One of the flyers of the No More Movement reads that, " US just left Afghanistan, but the Biden administration is creating foreign policy disaster all over the world, most urgently in Ethiopia!"