President Joe Biden announced on Monday that he and first lady Jill Biden would be traveling to Buffalo, New York, on Tuesday to grieve with the community following the horrific race-based massacre there that took the lives of ten and injured three others.
At a Tops supermarket in the city Saturday afternoon, the suspected gunman, 18-year-old Payton Gendron of Conklin, New York, opened fire on the store’s mostly black clientele, killing several in the parking lot before entering the store and continuing the violent rampage.
Gendron reportedly told police that he had been planning a violent attack on the black community and has allegedly espoused white supremacist and fascist views online.
The vile attack has set the community and the country reeling. After such tragedies, a presidential visit is often a source of comfort and healing. As such, no one appears to be suggesting that Biden should not visit Buffalo.
But critics were quick to point out that Biden’s prompt visit to the city reeks of political bias, especially since the president has yet to pay a visit to Waukesha, Wisconsin, where another mass-casualty attack took place late last year.
In that incident, a black convict recently released from jail on questionable terms, Darrell Brooks Jr., allegedly drove his car into a crowd of mostly white people at a Christmas parade, killing six and injuring more than 60 others.
It just so happens that the massacre in Buffalo — in which a white man killed innocent black people using guns — fits Biden’s political narrative, while the heinous attack in Waukesha did not, the critics suggested.
In the aftermath of the Waukesha massacre, the White House defended Biden’s decision not to personally visit the city by arguing that sending the president to a community “requires a lot of assets.” Apparently, plentiful assets are not such an impediment this time.
Daily Wire contributor Matt Walsh called Biden’s refusal to visit Waukesha “beyond vile” in light of his speedy visit to Buffalo.
Conservative commenter Candace Owens, too, joined the chorus of those criticizing the president and the media, saying, “Both acts are heinous but they will not earn equal coverage in the media … they will elevate the Buffalo shooting because white crimes vs. black victims [are] preferred.”