President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden raced to visit Buffalo, New York on Tuesday in the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting that ended the lives of ten and injured three others. Critics are lambasting the president over his hypocrisy, as Biden has still refused to visit Waukesha, Wisconsin, following the Christmas parade massacre carried out by a black nationalist last year.
On Saturday afternoon, 18-year-old Payton Gendron of Conklin, New York, drove to Buffalo to carry out a mass shooting at a Tops supermarket, opening fire on the store’s mostly black customers. Gendron killed several individuals in the parking lot, then entered the store and continued his violent rampage, all while live-streaming the massacre on Twitch.
The mass shooter reportedly told police that he had been planning a violent attack on the black community, and he had also allegedly espoused white supremacist, fascist, and left-authoritarian views online.
The horrific attack has left the community, and the country reeling. Following tragedies such as this, a visit from the president is common.
Obviously, no one seems to be suggesting that Biden shouldn’t visit Buffalo. Instead, critics are simply pointing out that it is extremely hypocritical and politically biased that the president is rushing to the scene while still refusing to pay a visit to Waukesha.
In last year’s mass casualty incident, Darrell Brooks Jr. — a black convict who had recently been released from jail on questionable terms — drove his car into a crowd of mostly white people during a Christmas parade, killing six and injuring more than 60 others. Brooks had previously espoused anti-white and black nationalist rhetoric.
The obvious differences between the two incidents shed some light on why Biden is responding to them differently: one fits the left’s narrative, and one doesn’t. From the races of the attackers to the weapons used in the attacks, there is only one incident that the left can use to further their causes. According to the left, white people are evil and racist, so the Buffalo shooting furthers that narrative. The left is also trying to push for gun control, and the Buffalo shooter used one of their favorite weapons to demonize: “a Bushmaster AR-15-style assault rifle,” according to NPR.
In the aftermath of the Waukesha massacre, the White House brushed off criticism of Biden’s decision not to personally visit the city, defending him by arguing that sending the president to a community “requires a lot of assets.” Obviously, assets aren’t an issue at this time.
Critics took to social media to call Biden out over his hypocrisy.
“We’re used to Democrats being detestable pigs of course but it is just beyond vile that Biden never visited Waukesha. He ran up to Buffalo immediately but he never made a personal appearance in Waukesha because the victims were white,” wrote Daily Wire host and author Matt Walsh.
In a follow-up Twitter thread, Walsh wrote: “When a black supremacist committed a massacre at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, the President of the United States refused to visit the victims. Nearly a month after the attack, he sent his wife for a photo op. Biden will be in Buffalo personally on Tuesday.”
“The stated reason why Biden did not go to Waukesha is that it would require too many ‘assets’ and ‘resources.’ Somehow they have managed to gather all of the necessary assets and resources for Buffalo,” he added.
“Remember how six people were killed and 62 injured in Waukesha and Biden wouldn’t visit because politics? Good times,” tweeted Mark Hemingway, senior writer at RealClearInvestigations.
“A black supremacist took a vehicle and plowed it into a group of white people at a Christmas parade in Waukesha. A white supremacist carved the name of one of those white parade victims onto a rifle and livestreamed a mass shooting in a majority black neighborhood,” wrote political commentator Candace Owens.
“Both acts are heinous but they will not earn equal coverage in the media. Our dishonest, race-obsessed media should be blamed for BOTH of these massacres. They will elevate the Buffalo shooting because white crimes vs. black victims is preferred. The cycle of hatred continues,” Owens wrote in a subsequent tweet.
Radio host Larry Elder pointed out the hypocrisy of the mainstream media’s coverage of the two attacks, sharing the details of the shootings and the backgrounds of the attackers alongside the headlines surrounding the massacres. Following the Waukesha attack, there was significant criticism of the media coverage, as most mainstream outlets’ reporting said that “an SUV” drove into a parade, not that a terrorist attack or mass casualty attack had occurred.