Biden addresses Atlanta attacks: ‘words have consequences’ whatever the motivation
This afternoon, President Biden and Vice President Harris mourned the deaths of the eight people killed this week during a serious of shootings in the area. Six of those who died were women of Asian descent. A 21 year old white man is charged with their murders. The president and vice president met with members of the Asian American community and spoke to lawmakers about a sharp increase in crime against Asian Americans in the past year. Ever since the pandemic began. We're joined now by a meal. Moffett of member Station W. A. B in Atlanta Welcome I also high, so I understand the president and vice president spent about what two hours in a closed door meeting, speaking with members of Georgia's Asian American community, elected officials, others do we have a sense of what they all talked about today? Yeah, The president called those discussions, Heart wrenching. The talks were originally scheduled to last an hour and, as you say, went two hours. The president vice president condemned the violence and mention that of the eight people who were killed this week, seven were women and six were of Asian descent. In remarks after the meeting, President Biden spoke passionately about the fears that many people have felt Too many Asian Americans have been walking Up and down the streets and worry waking up each morning the past year failing their safety and the safety of their loved ones are at stake. We've been attacked. Lame scapegoating harassed. They've been verbally assaulted, physically assaulted, killed. And Elsa, the president said after their meeting today with members of a P I Asian, American and Pacific Islanders, it was important to draw attention to what's been happening over the past year. Nearly 3800 incidents of race attacks have been recorded. The conversation we had today with the A P I leaders And that we're hearing all across the countries that hate and violence. Often hide in plain sight. It's often met with silence. That's been true throughout our history. That has to change. And I know that Vice President Harris spoke just before the president did. Her presence, I imagine added particular meaning to this White House visit in Atlanta today. Yes, She, of course, is the first woman to be elected vice president. She's also both black and Asian American. She said that the president and she will not be silent and will always speak out against violence, hate crimes and discrimination. Racism is real in America. And it has always been Xenophobia is real in America. And always has been Sexism, too. Without mentioning former President Trump by name. Vice President Harris implicitly criticized Trump when she said this for the last year we've had people in positions of incredible power scapegoating Asian Americans, and Harris continued people with the biggest pulpits spreading this kind of hate. Of course, President Trump often used the phrase the China virus. President Biden echoed his VP saying. Quote We've always known that words have consequences.