The White House is standing by its decision not to name and shame people criticized for amplifying racial theories that appear to have motivated the Buffalo mass shooting.
People peddling so-called replacement theory "know who they are" and "should be ashamed of themselves," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.
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"I'm not going to give them or their noxious ideas they're pushing the attention that they desperately want," she said aboard Air Force One.
En route to Buffalo, New York, where President Joe Biden will meet with family members, first responders, and community leaders after 10 people were killed in last weekend's supermarket shooting spree, Jean-Pierre repeated the president's position that domestic terrorism, "including an act perpetrated in the name of a repugnant white nationalist ideology, is antithetical to everything we stand for in America."
"Every leader should condemn that hate and certainly not echo it," she said. "We're going to focus on what unites us as Americans. That's going to be what we're focusing on."
Biden is expected to make public remarks at a Buffalo community center after visiting the Tops Friendly Markets memorial.
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"The president will call this despicable act for what it is: terrorism motivated by a hateful and perverse ideology that tears at the soul of our nation," a White House official said. "He’ll call on all Americans to give hate no safe harbor and to reject the lies of racial animus that radicalize, divide us, and led to the act of racist violence we saw on Saturday that took the lives of 10 of our countrymen."
The shooter, Payton Gendron, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime based on references the 18-year-old made to racial minorities replacing white people demographically.