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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met Asian American leaders in Atlanta on Friday in the wake of the shooting rampage that left 8 individuals dead, consisting of 6 Asian females.
The conference with Asian American state lawmakers and neighborhood supporters was at Emory University, where the president will provide remarks Friday afternoon.
Earlier Friday, Biden prompted Congress to pass hate criminal activity legislation to assist fight the increase in violence versus Asian Americans.
The Atlanta see, the set’s very first joint journey given that taking workplace, was initially part of a nationwide trip promoting the passage of the $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan. The White House revealed Thursday it would hold off the set up political occasion in the wake of the lethal shootings and shift focus to increasing discrimination and violence versus Asian Americans.
The president will “use his assistance for the [Asian American and Pacific Islander] neighborhood in Georgia and throughout the nation and speak about his dedication to combating xenophobia, intolerance and hate,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated Thursday.
Biden on Thursday bought U.S. flags on federal structures to be reduced to half-staff in memory of the victims of the Atlanta-location shootings.
The suspect’s intention is under examination, police authorities stated.
“Whatever the motivation here, I know Asian Americans are very concerned, because as you know I have been speaking about the brutality against Asian Americans, and it’s troubling,” Biden stated Wednesday.
Harris, the nation’s very first Asian American vice president, likewise talked about the attacks on Wednesday.
“It is tragic. Our country, the president and I and all of us, we grieve for those lost,” Harris stated. “I do want to say to our Asian American community that we stand with you and understand how this has frightened and shocked and outraged all people.”
The president and vice president are likewise met specialists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for an upgrade on the Covid pandemic.
Biden and Harris are likewise anticipated to consult with ballot rights supporter and previous gubernatorial prospect Stacey Abrams throughout their Atlanta see, a White House main informed NBC News.
The authorities stated Abrams has “played a leading role in voting access and voter protection, and she will be an important partner in taking action on this important issue moving forward.”
Abrams is extensively credited for her years-long citizen mobilization efforts that sustained Democratic wins in Georgia throughout the November governmental and January Senate overflow elections.
The president and vice president’s conference with Abrams comes as civil liberties activists in Georgia push back on voting constraints proposed by Republican state lawmakers. The activists are prompting Biden and Congress to pass federal ballot rights legislation, like the “For the People Act” presented in the Senate on Wednesday.