The Guardian reports:

“Whatever the motivation [for the shootings] we know this: too many Asian Americans have been walking up and down the streets and worrying. Waking up each morning the past year feeling their safety and the safety of their loved ones are stake. They’ve been attacked, blamed, scapegoated and harassed,” Biden said.

Donald Trump and other Republican politicians repeatedly dubbed Covid-19 the “China virus”, and Biden said that language had contributed to a dramatic spike in anti-Asian violence over the past year. “We’re learning again we’ve always known, words have consequences. It’s the coronavirus, full stop,” Biden said.

“Hate and violence often hide in plain sight,” Biden said, yet that hate and violence is “often met with silence”.  That has to change, Biden said, because “our silence is complicity”.

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I just finished meeting with Asian American leaders here in Atlanta. Tune in as I deliver remarks on our meeting, the ongoing attacks against the community, and more. https://t.co/0m2stIOWZ4

— President Biden (@POTUS) March 19, 2021

Pres. Biden on fatal Atlanta shootings: “Whatever the motivation, we know this: Too many Asian Americans have been walking up and down the streets and worrying, waking up each morning the past year feeling their safety and the safety of their loved ones are at stake.” pic.twitter.com/7JbmWAcyJc