Biden Calls White Supremacy 'A Poison' in Buffalo Speech After Mass Shooting

Headline Roundup May 17th, 2022

President Joe Biden on Tuesday called white supremacy "a poison" that has festered "before our eyes" while addressing the recent "racially-motivated" shooting that occurred inside a Buffalo supermarket. 

The president and first lady Jill Biden visited Buffalo to pay tribute to the shooting victims and "to grieve" with their families. Biden vowed that "hate will not prevail, and white supremacy will not have the last word." He also labeled the incident, which left 10 people dead and three more wounded, as a "straightforward" example of "domestic terrorism." The shooter was allegedly motivated by the great replacement theory, which claims that white Americans are at risk of being replaced by people of color through increased immigration and low white birth rates. Without naming any specific individual or group, Biden condemned those "who spread the lie for power, political gain and for profit."

Some left-rated outlets said that Biden "assumed a familiar role of grief counselor and empathizer-in-chief" and notably "didn’t use the occasion to push for any policy prescriptions." Right-rated voices were more likely to criticize Biden for visiting Buffalo but not Waukesha, WI last November after a man drove an SUV through crowds of dancers and paraders during a Christmas parade. Some right-rated outlets also accentuated how Biden's push to prohibit assault weapons is "unlikely" to draw enough support to pass Congress.

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday called the deadly supermarket shooting in Buffalo, N.Y. an act of terror and excoriated the white supremacist ideology that inspired the alleged gunman, but he stopped short of announcing a political agenda in the massacre’s aftermath.

“What happened here is simple and straightforward: terrorism,” Biden said during a visit to Buffalo. “Terrorism. Domestic terrorism. Violence inflicted in the service of hate, and a vicious thirst for power that defines one group of people being inherently inferior to any other group.”

In an emotional speech before the victims’...

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President Biden strongly condemned racist conspiracy theories in a speech Tuesday after visiting Tops Friendly Markets grocery store, the site of a mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., where 10 people were killed in an alleged hate crime over the weekend.

Mr. Biden choked back tears as he named the victims of the shooting. “In America, evil will not win, I promise you; hate will not prevail, and white supremacy will not have the last word,” he said.

The shooting suspect, 18-year-old Payton Gendron, appears to have been motivated by racist conspiracy theories he discovered...

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President Joe Biden went to a city in New York on May 17, visiting where 10 people were gunned down over the weekend.

Biden, joined by First Lady Jill Biden, went to the Tops Market Memorial before meeting with families of those who were killed, law enforcement officers, and others at the Delavan Grider Community Center.

In a speech after the meeting, the president described the final moments of some of the dead, including Celestine Chaney, 65, a brain cancer survivor who went to Tops to buy strawberries to make her favorite shortcake....

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