Tuesday 17 May 2022 08:49 PM Biden chokes up talking about Buffalo dad shopping for birthday cake trends now

Tuesday 17 May 2022 08:49 PM Biden chokes up talking about Buffalo dad shopping for birthday cake trends now
Tuesday 17 May 2022 08:49 PM Biden chokes up talking about Buffalo dad shopping for birthday cake trends now

Tuesday 17 May 2022 08:49 PM Biden chokes up talking about Buffalo dad shopping for birthday cake trends now

President Joe Biden choked up Tuesday in Buffalo when he talked about one of the Tops supermarket shooting victims, who was killed while shopping for a birthday cake for his young son. 

'Andre Mackneil, 53, worked at a restaurant. Went to buy his three-year-old son a birthday cake,' Biden said pausing, overcome by emotion. 'His son's celebrating a birthday asking, "Where's daddy?"' 

Biden spent the entire top of his speech recognizing the 10 people killed in the racially motivated attack.  

'Jill and I have come to stand with you,' Biden said. 'And to the families we've come to grieve with you.' 

'It's not the same, but we know a little bit what it's like to lose a piece of your soul. To lose a son, a daughter, a husband, a wife, a mother, a father,' Biden said, a reference to his son Beau, but also his first wife and baby daughter. 

'You feel like there's a black hole in your chest. You're being sucked into it. And you're suffocating. Unable to breath. That's what it felt like at least to us,' he continued. And I'm some version it feels that way to you. The anger, the pain, the depth of the loss that's so profound.'

President Joe Biden choked up Tuesday in Buffalo when he talked about one of the Tops supermarket shooting victims, who was killed while shopping for a birthday cake for his young son

President Joe Biden choked up Tuesday in Buffalo when he talked about one of the Tops supermarket shooting victims, who was killed while shopping for a birthday cake for his young son

President Joe Biden choked up when he talked about 53-year-old Andre Mackneil, who was shopping for a birthday cake for his young son

President Joe Biden choked up when he talked about 53-year-old Andre Mackneil, who was shopping for a birthday cake for his young son

He assured family members that it does get better.  

Biden said that the thought of that lost loved one 'is going to bring a smile to your lip before it brings a tear to your eye.' 

'It takes awhile for that to happen,' he added. 'It might take more than a season. But our prayer for you is that that time comes sooner than later, but I promise you it will come.' 

He called on Americans to reject the 'lie' of the 'great replacement' conspiracy theory and slammed those who push it for power and political gain. 

'Hate will not prevail and white supremacy will not have the last word,' he said. 

In his remarks, he denounced white supremacy, calling it a 'poison' running through the country, and said people of all races make up the majority in America.

'White supremacy is a poison. It's a poison,' he said as the crowd burst into applause. 'It really is - running through our body of politics.'

'White supremacy has no place in America,' he added.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden after visiting the families of the victims of the mass shooting at a Buffalo grocery store

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden after visiting the families of the victims of the mass shooting at a Buffalo grocery store

Jill Biden carries a large bouquet of white flowers as she walks hand-in-hand with President Joe Biden to the memorial site

Jill Biden carries a large bouquet of white flowers as she walks hand-in-hand with President Joe Biden to the memorial site

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit the scene of the shooting at a Buffalo grocery store; the first couple left flowers at the memorial site

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit the scene of the shooting at a Buffalo grocery store; the first couple left flowers at the memorial site

And Biden called out those in politics and the media who have spread the 'great replacement theory,' a conspiracy theory that claims non-white individuals are being brought into the United States to 'replace' white voters to achieve a political agenda.

The once-fringe racist idea became a popular refrain among media figures like Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham of Fox News. Some Republicans have been accused of espousing ideas similar to it.

Biden called it a 'hate' that 'through the media and politics, the internet, has radicalized angry, alienated, lost, and isolated individuals into falsely believing that they will be replaced. That's the word, 'Replaced,' by the other. By people who don't look like them, and you are therefore, in their perverse ideology, that they are being fed and possessed, lesser beings.'

'I call on all Americans to reject the lie, and I condemn those who spread the lie for power, political gain, and for profit,' Biden said. 'That's what it is. We have now seen too many times the deadly and destructive violence this ideology and unleashes.'

Biden also said the majority of America was made of minorities.

'We are the most multiracial, most dynamic nation in the history of the world. Now is the time for people of all races, every background, to speak up as a majority in America and reject white supremacy,' he said.

'These hate filled attacks represent the views of the hateful minority. We can't allow them to destroy America, the real America. We can't allow them to destroy the soul of the nation,' he added. 

Whites are heading toward minority status in the United States. In 2018, U.S. Census estimates showed for the first time that whites dropped to below 50% of the under-15 population.

That change is largely due to migration of Latinos and Asian Americans. Latinos are the largest-growing group, while Asian Americans are the fastest growing.

Before his remarks, Joe and Jill Biden laid flowers at the Tops Market Memorial, the place of Saturday's mass shooting, before they went to a private, closed-door meeting with family members of the 10 victims;

THE VICTIMS OF THE 'RACIALLY-MOTIVATED' BUFFALO SUPERMARKET SHOOTING 

Ten people were killed in a mass shooting at a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York on Saturday.

Retired Buffalo Police Department cop Aaron Salter was killed after trying to shoot back at the alleged shooter

Retired Buffalo Police Department cop Aaron Salter was killed after trying to shoot back at the alleged shooter

Aaron Salter Jr., 75

Salter is a retired Buffalo police officer who worked as a security guard at the supermarket. 

He was fatally shot after confronting accused shooter Payton Gendron inside the store.

Salter's shots failed to penetrate Gendron's armored vest, officials confirmed to CBS News

After he shot at Gendron, the teen returned fire, killing Salter.  

Ruth Whitfield, 86, the mother of former Buffalo fire commissioner Garnell Whitfield, was also killed in the attack

Ruth Whitfield, 86, the mother of former Buffalo fire commissioner Garnell Whitfield, was also killed in the attack

Ruth Whitfield, 86

Whitfield had just visited her husband in a nursing home and decided to stop at the Tops on her way home to get something to eat, WGRZ reported.

She was also the mother of Former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield, according to the television station. 

Following the shooting, he said during an interview with the Buffalo News: 'My mom was the consummate mom. My mother was a mother to the motherless. She was a blessing to all of us. She loved God and taught us to do the same thing,' he said. 

Katherine Massey, 72, had gone to the supermarket to do her grocery shopping when she was fatally shot

Katherine Massey, 72, had gone to the supermarket to do her grocery shopping when she was fatally shot

Katherine Massey, 72

She had gone to the supermarket to do her grocery shopping when she was fatally shot. 

Her brother was supposed to pick her up after she finished her errands, but arrived to the grisly aftermath of a mass shooting.

Massey was a civil rights and education advocate.

Former Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, who had known Massey for over 20 years, told The Buffalo News that she 'did everything she could to lift up Buffalo's black community.'

Last year, Massey wrote a letter calling for more federal regulation of firearms, citing both urban street violence and mass shootings.

Pearly Young, 77, who fed needy residents in Buffalo's Central Park neighborhood for 25 years, was also killed

Pearly Young, 77, who fed needy residents in Buffalo's Central Park neighborhood for 25 years, was also killed

Pearly Young, 77

Young fed needy residents in Buffalo's Central Park neighborhood for 25 years.

Young, originally from Alabama, moved to New York as a young adult and married a pastor.

She had gone to lunch with her sister-in-law on Saturday and was dropped off at the grocer afterwards. Her son was expected to pick her up, but when he arrived at the store, all was in chaos.

Her relatives told Alabama.com Young will be remembered for her love for God and her family.

Celestine Chaney, 65, who was at the supermarket to buy strawberries for shortcake at the time of the shooting

Celestine Chaney, 65, who was at the supermarket to buy strawberries for shortcake at the time of the shooting

Celestine Chaney, 65

Chaney was a breast cancer survivor, was at the supermarket with her older sister, JoAnn Daniels, because she wanted to buy strawberries for shortcake.

The loving mother and grandmother-of-six was also picking up some shrimp for her husband, Raymond.

Daniels told The Buffalo Times she never saw Gendron, but heard the sounds of his assault rifle.

She and Chaney were trying to flee when the 65-year-old was shot.

'She fell and I thought she had got up and was behind me, but she wasn't behind me,' Daniels recalled. 

Roberta Drury, 32, was at the store to buy groceries for dinner. She had moved to the area to close to her older brother

Roberta Drury, 32, was at the store to buy groceries for dinner. She had moved to the area to close to her older brother

Roberta Drury, 32

Drury was at the store to buy groceries for dinner when the shooting began.

She had moved to Buffalo from the Syracuse, New York, area to be with her older brother after his bone marrow transplant, her sister, Amanda Drury, told Reuters

Drury helped him with his bar, The Dalmatia, and with his family.

'She was vibrant and outgoing, could talk to anyone,' Amanda said. 

Heyward Patterson, 68, often give people rides to and from the supermarket and would help them carry their groceries

Heyward Patterson, 68, often give people rides to and from the supermarket and would help them carry their groceries

Heyward Patterson, 68

He often give people rides to and from the supermarket and would help them carry their groceries. This role earned him the nickname 'Jitney.'

He was also a church deacon and would welcome parishioners and escort them to their seats.

'He would give the shirt off his back,' his wife, Tirzah Patterson, told The Buffalo News. 'That’s who he is. He wouldn’t hurt anybody. Whatever he had, he’d give it to you.'

Geraldine Talley, right, entered the store on Saturday with her fiancée to pick up a few items for dinner

Geraldine Talley, right, entered the store on Saturday with her fiancée to pick up a few items for dinner

Geraldine Talley, 62

Talley is a mother of two children - Genicia Talley, 42, and Mark Talley, 32, and was also like a second mother to her niece, Kesha Chapman.

She had entered the store on Saturday to just pick up a few items, her sister, Kaye Chapman-Johnson told ABC News.

She had told her fiancée to go to another aisle to retrieve something off one of the shelves when the gunfire started.

Talley is now remembered for her mouth-watering cheesecake, People reports.

'She was truly an amazing woman, and I'm going to miss her dearly,' Chapman-Johnson said of her sister. 

Andre Mackniel, 53, was in town visiting relatives and went to the store to pick up a surprise birthday cake for his grandson

Andre Mackniel, 53, was in town visiting relatives and went to the store to pick up a surprise birthday cake for his grandson

Andre Mackniel, 53 

Andre Mackniel, who also went by Andre Elliot, was in town visiting relatives.

He was at the store on Saturday to pick up a surprise birthday cake for his grandson, USA Today reports. 

But 'he never came out with the cake,' his cousin Clarissa Alston-McCutcheon said, describing her cousin as a 'loving and caring guy' who 'loved family' and 'was always there for his family.'

He was listed as 'engaged' on his Facebook page.

Mackniel, of Auburn, New York, was self-employed, but used to work at Buffalo Wild Wings, according to Finger Lakes Daily News.

Margus Morrison was a father-of-three and an active bus aide for Buffalo schools since February 2019

Margus Morrison was a father-of-three and an active bus aide for Buffalo schools since February 2019

Margus Morrison, 52 

Margus Morrison was a father of three who was an active bus aide for Buffalo schools since February 2019, USA Today reports.

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