President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris continue to turn a blind eye to the crisis they created at the southern U.S. border, where children are being held in prison-like conditions far beyond the legal limits and criminal illegal aliens are being arrested by the day.
But in the wake of the shooting that left eight people dead in Atlanta, including six Asian Americans, Biden and Harris quickly jumped on the political optics bandwagon and diverted their COVID-19 relief bill victory tour to visit with leaders in the Asian community.
This comes on the heels of FBI Director Christopher Wray indicating that there doesn’t seem to be a racial motive behind the killings.
Reuters has the story:
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Georgia on Friday to meet with Asian-American community leaders after a deadly shooting rampage in the state, shifting the focus of a trip originally planned to promote the newly enacted $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.
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A 21-year-old man has been charged with murdering eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at three spas in and around Atlanta on Tuesday, rattling Asian Americans already grappling with a rise in hate crimes directed at them since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Biden and Harris will meet community leaders and state lawmakers from the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community to hear concerns about the killings and discuss a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, the White House said.
Investigators said the suspect, an Atlanta-area resident who is white, suggested that sexual frustration led him to commit violence. Political leaders and civil rights advocates have speculated the killings were motivated at least in part by rising anti-Asian sentiment.
Biden has also directed White House officials Cedric Richmond and Susan Rice to engage with the community, and supports recent legislation calling for an expanded Justice Department review of COVID-19-related hate crimes.
The president and vice president changed the focus of the trip after the recent events, feeling “it was important to change the trip a little bit and offer their support and condemn the violence,” a White House official said.
Biden called on U.S. lawmakers to quickly pass a COVID-19 hate crimes bill, saying while the motive was still unknown in this week’s shooting in Georgia, the nation faced an “ongoing crisis of gender-based and anti-Asian violence.”
“It’s time for Congress to codify and expand upon these actions — because every person in our nation deserves to live their lives with safety, dignity, and respect,” he said in a statement released as he headed to Georgia.
Biden stumbled as he climbed aboard Air Force One to head to Georgia. White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters he was “doing 100 percent fine.” She suggested high winds at Joint Base Andrews near Washington may have been a factor.
Biden ordered the U.S. flag flown at half-staff at the White House to honor the victims of Tuesday’s shootings.
On Friday, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said acts of violence against the community were exacerbated by language used by the Trump administration.
Asian-American voters constitute one of the fastest growing racial and ethnic groups in the country and turned out in record numbers in the presidential battleground states in 2020, according to data from TargetSmart, a democratic political data firm.
In Georgia, Asian-American and Pacific Islander voters exceeded their total 2016 turnout by 58%, the firm said. These voters were key to carrying Biden to success in states where the race was close such as Georgia, the firm said.
While what happened in Georgia was undoubtedly tragic, it’s a shame that Biden and Harris are using Asian Americans to grab a few political expedient photo ops to cater to their woke constituents.
ARTICLE SOURCE : thefederalistpapers.org