President Joe Biden traveled to Buffalo, New York, on Tuesday where he met with the families of victims from Saturday’s shooting rampage spurred by hateful white supremacy theories.
In a speech, Biden addressed racism and hate calling on Americans to “take on the haters” and “reject the lie” of racial replacement that reportedly led the white gunman to shoot and kill Black shoppers.
President Biden paid tribute to each of the victims of the racist massacre in Buffalo. He choked up as he said one of the victims was a father visiting the supermarket to buy a birthday cake for his 3-year-old son.
“Evil will not win, I promise you.” https://t.co/umNDlTv50W
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 17, 2022
Via the New York Times:
“What happened here is simple and straightforward: Terrorism. Terrorism. Domestic terrorism,” Mr. Biden told mourners in this upstate New York city.
“Violence inflicted into the service of hate and the vicious thirst for power that defines one group of people being inherently inferior to any other group, a hate that through the media and politics, the internet, has radicalized angry, alienated, lost and isolated individuals into falsely believing that they will be replaced.”
This so-called replacement theory, the notion that an elite cabal of liberals is plotting to substitute immigrants or other people of color for white Americans, has become an increasingly common talking point on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show and among some Republican leaders.
“I call on all of you to reject the lie,” Mr. Biden said. “I call on all Americans to reject the lie, and I condemn those who spread the lie for power, political gain and for profit.”
Many have pointed to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, who has made that ‘replacement theory’ a central theme of his show. He’s also said in the past that “white supremacy is not a real problem” in the United States.
President Biden: “White supremacy is a poison. It’s a poison running through our body politic, and it’s been allowed to fester and grow right in front of our eyes. No more. […] The ideology of white supremacy has no place in America.” https://t.co/ZdwZKX8t9I pic.twitter.com/ixh6XcwKze
— The Hill (@thehill) May 17, 2022
Joe Biden calls white supremacy a poison. Donald Trump calls white supremacists very fine people. any questions
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) May 17, 2022