Buffalo | Joe Biden strongly condemned the “poison” of white supremacism and those who helped propagate it Tuesday, after the racist massacre that killed ten people Saturday in Buffalo.
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In this city of New York state, where a young man versed in conspiracy theories as in the “great substitute” committed an assault rifle massacre on Saturday, the president of America spoke about an act of “terrorism”.
In provoking this racist thesis of the “great substitute”, Joe Biden, very moved, very solemn, struck: “I call on all Americans to reject this lie and I condemn all who spread it to gain power, vote, money “.
“Those who claim to love America have given too much fuel to hate and fear,” the 79-year-old Democrat reiterated, without mentioning names or party affiliates.
“This poison, this violence cannot be the history of our time”, he pleaded, as the United States has experienced several killings in recent years targeting African-Americans, Jews, people from Latin American.
Strawberries and birthday cake
Joe Biden began his speech with words of comfort for families: “the time will come” when the memory of the lost “will put a smile on your lips before tears in your eyes”, this president promised that life is full of family dramas.
He listed the names, recalled that a victim was broken while buying ‘strawberries to make his favorite pastry’, another wanted food ‘for family movie night’, a father was killed when he came to get “ birthday cake “for her little one. boy.
The president of America briefly recounted lives dedicated to serving a community and of families, mentioning an elderly woman who went every day to take care of her husband living in a retirement home, or a supermarket supervisor who tried. unsuccessfully arrest the killer.
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Previously, the American president and his wife Jill Biden stopped at an improvised memorial at the murder scene.
Under the dazzling sun, they advanced towards the bouquets, words and candles placed at the foot of a tree, in a silence distracted only by the breath of the wind and the click of the cameras.
Jill Biden laid out a gorgeous white flower. Joe Biden, after removing his sunglasses, signed himself.
The president called again on Tuesday to regulate guns: “I am not naive. I know the tragedy will happen again (…) But there are things we can do. We can ban assault weapons on our streets ”.
Democrats have long called on Congress to ban assault weapons – as used on Sunday. This is what New Zealand did after the racist massacre against mosques in Christchurch in 2019, a massacre also inspired by alleged buffalo murderer Payton Gendron, 18.
But Joe Biden has always stumbled so far in a Republican opposition that is against any kind of regulation.
200 mass shootings
The Gun Violence Archive organization has counted more than 200 “mass shootings” in the United States this year, in which at least four people have been injured or killed.
Along with what this young white man did on Saturday, Payton Gendron, who before the massacre had said “fascist”, “racist” and “anti-Semitic” in a 180-page manifesto.
Joe Biden recalled on Tuesday that he decided to run for the White House because he couldn’t bear to see the ultra-right parading in August 2017 in Charlottesville (Virginia, south).
But since he was elected, he has seen his powerlessness to silence, as he promised, an America plagued by racial hatred and bloody gun violence.
Prevented by his very thin parliamentary majority, faced with conservative states endowed with vast prerogatives, limited by a Supreme Court now firmly anchored to the right, Joe Biden had to content himself with acting on edges, for example by issuing commands on the marginal limits of firearms.