President Biden calls white supremacy a ‘poison’ on Buffalo visit

President Biden spoke in Buffalo Tuesday about Saturday’s mass shooting victims at a grocery store patronized mainly by the city’s black community.


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“White supremacy is a poison. It’s a poison … running through our body politic,” Biden said. “We need to say as clearly and as forcefully as we can that the ideology of White supremacy has no place in America. None.” The President talked about the shooting victims, including Andre Mackniel, who went to the market to buy a birthday cake for his three-year-old son.

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Earlier in the day, the President and First Lady Jill Biden visited a memorial for the victims. Mrs. Biden laid a wreath of flowers at the memorial. Governor Kathy Hochul, Senators Schumer, Gillibrand, and other top New York officials also laid flowers at the memorial.

 

The President also discussed the problem of gun violence during his Buffalo visit. The Gun Violence Archive reports there have been at least 198 mass shootings this year. Mr. Biden said before leaving Buffalo that getting action on gun control would be difficult, but that he would continue trying.

Meanwhile, the shooting is being investigated as a hate crime. The 18-year-old alleged shooter has reportedly told authorities he was targeting the black community. Payton S. Gendron has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. The US Justice Department and FBI are investigating.


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