Biden’s visit to Uvalde on Sunday stoking ‘a lot of outrage’

(Video: CNN)

As the grieving parents of murdered children mourn their dead, a circus atmosphere has descended upon Uvalde with media hordes swarming the town and President Joe Biden paying a visit which at least some people are not thrilled about.

Biden’s sickening politicizing of his previous visit to the site of a mass shooting in Buffalo was a disrespectful and divisive moment at a time when he chose not to call for national healing but rather to engage in race-baiting and demonizing of his political foes. And with Democrats clamoring for harsh new gun restrictions, there was a wariness that he would similarly exploit the tragedy in Texas.

During Sunday’s edition of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Brian Stelter, the host talked with Stella Chavez, a reporter who covers immigration and demographics for North Texas NPR outlet KERA News who was on the ground in Uvalde, but her response likely wasn’t what CNN’s chief media correspondent had in mind.

“Let’s go to Stella who’s in Uvalde today and as we go to you Stella, President Biden has just landed on Air Force One in San Antonio and is about to helicopter toward where you are,” Stelter said, “does it matter at all Stella, that President Biden is going there? Do the families you’re talking to, do they care? Do they want to hear from the president? Will anything help?”

“Thanks, Brian for having me on,” answered Chavez. “I think it depends on who you ask, I think that for the most part the families who were affected want to focus on their loved ones who were killed, and I think having the leader of our country come here and express, you know, his condolences is important to them but I also know, I’ve heard people say you know, now is not the time for him to come here.”

“Why is that?” Stelter asked incredulously.

Chavez responded, “Well, I think some people are worried… are concerned about politicizing this event and there, I’ve heard a lot of outrage from people, but I’ve also heard from folks who say, you know, I don’t want to focus on that, on what could have happened, what should’ve happened, I just want to focus on the kids.”

“So, I mean I would just say, it depends on who you ask, but I do think it’s significant that he’s coming here and especially so soon after another, you know, similar trip, you know, to Buffalo where a horrible mass shooting also happened.”

Biden drew much criticism over his similar visit to Buffalo and his divisive rant at a memorial for the victims who were gunned down by another 18-year-old maniac at the Tops Supermarket, only serving to stoke more racial rage.

“What happened here is simple and straightforward: terrorism. Terrorism. Domestic terrorism. Violence inflicted in the service of hate and a vicious thirst for power that defines one group of people being inherently inferior to any other group,” Biden said. “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 who are therefore, in a perverse ideology that they possess and being fed, lesser beings.”

On Sunday, Biden refrained from the type of angry demagoguery that he used in Buffalo, maintaining good behavior at least while he was in Uvalde where he respectfully paid tribute to the dead and comforted their families.

(Video: YouTube)

During his visit, Biden reportedly told a local lawmaker that he would support razing Robb Elementary which would be replaced with another school.

In an interview with San Antonio’s KSAT-TV, Democrat Texas state Sen. Roland Gutierrez who represents Uvalde said he was told by Biden, “we’re going to look to raze that school and build a new one.”

Biden did not speak with the media while he was in Uvalde.

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