Biden honors victims of Buffalo shooting and speaks about stopping white supremacy
BUFFALO N.Y. (WHEC) — President Biden on Tuesday honored the victims of the Buffalo shooting, spoke about solutions to prevent future "acts of terrorism" driven by hate, and said he has faith that Americans can unite to stop white supremacy.
Live updates before President’s message:
Gov. Hochul said Buffalo is a strong city and will overcome the tragedy with love.
Senator Chuck Schumer said he has visited the Tops where the shooting occurred. He said the supermarket was an important community gathering place.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown introduces President Joe Biden and First Lady Jil Biden.
President Biden’s message:
Biden speaks about the grieving process. "To the families, I say we remember them."
Biden: "White supremacy will not have the last word." He said the attack was terrorism, fueled by hate. He condemned people who spread white supremacist ideologies online.
Biden: "Ideology of white supremacy has no place in America".
Biden: The way to prevent future attacks is by stopping hateful ideas from spreading online and taking assault rifles off the streets.
Biden: combating hate takes all Americans, both government and the public.
Concluding remarks: Through faith in our ability to change society "…we’ll make Buffalo and the United States a better place to live than it is today".
President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visited Buffalo to honor the victims of the mass shooting at Tops supermarket that left 10 people dead. They arrived on Air Force One at Buffalo-Niagra International Airport around 9:30 a.m. and greeted members of the Buffalo community.
The President and First Lady visited the memorial for victims of Saturday’s mass shooting at Tops supermarket. They also met with grieving families and community leaders at the Delavan-Grider Community Center. At around 12:30 p.m., President Biden held a press conference at the community center.
President Biden and the First Lady will depart for Joint Base Andrews around 2 p.m.