During a hastily organized trip to Buffalo, New York, Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill Biden, repeated the wearily familiar role of presidents – the main comforters.

US President Joe Biden (right) and US First Lady Jill Biden (2R) watch as New York Governor Katie Hochul, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) arrive place flowers at the memorial near the Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York, May 17, 2022. Photo: Nicholas Kamm / AFP

BUFFALA, United States – President Joe Biden laid flowers and prayed on Tuesday at the site of the latest fatal massacre in America, warning that the ideology of white supremacy that motivates the alleged gunman is tearing the “soul” of the country apart.

During a hastily organized trip to Buffalo, New York, Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill Biden, repeated the wearily familiar role of presidents – the main comforters.

The first couple began by laying a bouquet to an impromptu memorial near a nearby supermarket, where a white gunman allegedly killed 10 African Americans on Saturday.

Strong winds dragged balloons and flowers stacked under a tree, while Biden paid homage, the president made the sign of the cross before giving way to a delegation of elected officials who laid their own bouquets.

Biden then went to private meetings with relatives of the victims and first service staff, where the White House said it expressed “condolences and consolation to those affected by the tragedy.”

It was later planned that Biden would deliver a speech that, like many others he had delivered, would call on Congress to bridge the divide in restricting gun ownership, a constitutionally protected right that led to more weapons in the world’s richest country. than people.

After decades of mass shootings in schools, nightclubs, movie theaters, and churches, many Americans have been dumbfounded by each new outrage, while presidents have repeatedly expressed their inability to change laws in the face of a reluctant Congress.

In Saturday’s frenzy, the killer owned an AR-15, a military-style weapon that has been used repeatedly in mass shootings across the country, and at the same time was one of the most popular rifles among legitimate gun enthusiasts.

Continuing unsuccessfully campaigning to ban machine guns, Biden will once again demand laws to “keep guns on our streets,” a White House official said.

He also stressed the rejection of firearms by people with serious mental illnesses that “pose a danger to themselves or others.”

** RACIST IDEOLOGY **

The most acute part of Biden’s remarks may be about a deeper threat to the nation – racism and extremism, which the 79-year-old Democrat cited as motivation for his first retirement to fight then-President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. .

In a previous speech, a White House official briefed Biden on a strong wording that “would call this heinous act what it is: terrorism motivated by a hateful and vicious ideology that tears the soul of our nation apart.”

“He will urge all Americans not to give hatred to a safe haven and reject the lies of racial hatred that radicalizes, divides us and led to the act of racist violence we saw on Saturday,” the official said.

Biden also urges Americans “to seek a better union that embraces the diversity that has made us the strongest and most dynamic nation in the history of the world.”

Police said the suspect, captured after the shooting, was the author of a long manifesto promoting extreme but increasingly widespread ideas of white supremacy.

At the heart of the manifesto was talk of what is called a “replacement theory” that claims the existence of a left-wing conspiracy to dilute the white population with non-white immigrants.

It’s a conspiracy theory that, like QAnon’s bizarre narrative, has spread from the most remote fringes of society to strikingly mainstream areas – most notably Tucker Carlson’s extremely influential nightly talk show on Fox News.

Prominent members of Congress from the Republicans also reiterated their views on the “replacement theory,” which in turn is not too far removed from Trump’s many speeches as president, in which he demonized illegal immigrants as invaders, once calling them “animals.”

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