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Biden Heads to Buffalo to Mourn Shooting Victims and Denounce Those Espousing Hate

Added 05-17-22 07:40:03am EST - “The challenge for a president who came to office preaching unity may be how to take on those preaching hate.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “Biden Heads to Buffalo to Mourn Shooting Victims and Denounce Those Espousing Hate”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The challenge for a president who came to office preaching unity may be how to take on those preaching hate.

WASHINGTON — President Biden will travel to Buffalo on Tuesday to denounce the racist massacre in a predominately Black neighborhood as “terrorism motivated by a hateful and perverse ideology,” according to a White House official, who said Mr. Biden would also call for stricter gun control measures.

The president will be confronting the violent white extremism displayed when neo-Nazis and right-wing militias marched into Charlottesville, Va., a moment Mr. Biden has often said drove him to run for president to undertake a “battle for the soul of America.”

But the challenge for a president who came to office preaching unity may be how to take on those preaching hate. While aides made clear that Mr. Biden would denounce the white supremacy and hate speech that appeared to animate the man who opened fire on mostly Black grocery store shoppers last weekend, killing 10 people, it remained unclear how directly the president would link such violence to the political statements of his opponents.

Republican leaders like Representative Elise Stefanik of New York and Fox News hosts like Tucker Carlson have employed the kind of provocative language that encourages racial resentment and served to inject fringe ideas like replacement theory — the idea that Western elites, sometimes manipulated by Jews, want to replace and disempower white Americans — into the mainstream on the political right.

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