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tv   U.S. Senate Sen. Majority Leader Schumer on Mass Shooting in Buffalo  CSPAN  May 17, 2022 10:27pm-10:40pm EDT

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republicans knew about this. there is a lot of people like this murderer who committed this act, who are deranged, who are susceptible, lost and don't know what to do. and they are easily taken, easily sucked in. we have to admit it. i don't know why we don't admit what the hell is going on. anyway, thank you. reporter: [inaudible] >> shortly after returning to washington dc, senate majority leader chuck schumer spoke about his trip to new york with president biden donner victims of the recent mass shooting in buffalo. sen. schumer: madam president, it has been a sorrowful, painful
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few days for the people of buffalo, new york. today, i joined with president biden, the first lady, governor hogle, senator gillibrand, buffalo mayor brown, attorney general tish james and other local officials to meet with families of those killed saturday, the victims at the tops shooting market where the shooting happened intimate with a community ripped apart by unspeakable violence. there is no single word to encapsulate what it was like to visit the tops supermarket, to lay down flowers in honor of the dead, and to meet the families whose lives have been forever, forever torn apart. it was equal parts sorrow for the innocent victims we have lost, it was grief for the families that must carry on. today i met a young boy, only three years old, who lost his
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dad on saturday because his dad was at the store buying his kid a birthday cake. just heartbreaking. it was also with anger, that somebody could act with such horrible people -- horrible evil. despite all that, there was hope, hope that some way, this community could find the courage and willingness to persevere. i know in my heart of hearts that they will. to the people of buffalo that i met today, i say this -- all of new york and all of america stand with you in this hour of deep darkness. we love you. we hold you in our hearts. and we pray for each and every one of you. we will be with you in spirit at every prayer service, every march and in every moment of silence. today, we are all buffalo onions
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-- buffalonians. i don't know what could possess somebody to bring violence to the east side. i just don't, but we do know that each passing day, new and frightening details emerged about the lengths to which this shooter planned his attack. we know the shooter chose tops supermarket in order to target as many black americans us possible. it is a market i know well, i helped wring it to the east side. gaetz ago because they were a food desert and needed a supermarket, and i persuaded the owners of tops to open one. as the years grew, that supermarket became not just a supermarket, but a community convening place. and when this awful man went to tops to do his terrible shooting, it was like putting a dagger in the heart of the community, because the supermarket had really meant
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much more than a supermarket. and we know through online posts that the terrorist -- that is what he could be called -- likely visited the tops market months ago in a reconnaissance mission to map out the store, observe the security guards, even to find a parking spot. we know all that. we know, had he gotten away, he intended to carry out more shootings at another store. and one other thing we know, madam president, we know that his represents a bull -- his reprehensible views, his racist, white supremacist views belong to an extremist ideology of hate that is increasingly finding a home in the american mainstream. in buffalo, the president was right to strongly condemn these views with the nation watching. all elected officials -- all elected officials -- should the same.
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the great replacement or replacement theory used to be found only in the darkest corner of deranged mines and in the deepest trenches of the internet. but today, sadly, indisputably, you don't need to go online anymore to find white replacement. rhetoric. you can find it on cable tv from the comfort of your own couch. and perhaps no network has had more impact in propagating and normalizing the rhetoric of replacement theory than fox news. to follow up my remarks yesterday, this morning, i sent a letter to rupert murdoch, to fox news executives and to tucker carlsen, imploring the network and mr. carlson to cease their amplification of the
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replacement theory on their network. according to one study, mr. carlson as used act -- used rhetoric echoing replacement. on at least 400 episodes of his show, which is a nightly audience of 300 million people. 400 episodes. for one of the biggest networks in the world to amplify conspiracy theories eerily similar to those cited by the buffalo shooter. and to those who think this is an exaggeration, to those who refuse to acknowledge that fringe white supremacy views are now out in the open, i would simply ask them, where were you on the night thousands of white supremacists marched openly on the streets of charlottesville, bearing torches and shouting -- and chanting, you will not replace us. that is what they said -- you will not replace us? where were you when thousands of insurrectionists stormed the
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halls of this capitol, wearing sweatshirts about the holocaust? where have you been during a truck rally where the republican standard barrier goes on and on about undocumented immigrants stealing the 2020 election, a message. it by countless mega can -- maga candidates across the country? and where were you when white supremacist shot up el paso, pittsburgh, charleston, or a grocery store in buffalo, new york? it would be the easiest thing in the world you denounced something as evil and vile and un-american as replacement theory. "the wall street journal" editorial board this week acknowledge that politicians and media figures have an obligation to -- such notions as white
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replacement theory. but that is hardly efficient and too many maga republicans refused to do even that. and last night, tucker carlsen did not do that either. he deflected and refused to acknowledge that a clear connection exists between messages on his shows and views championed by mass shooters. he dismissed the shooter' is 180 page rent as a product of a diseased mind while omitting that the shooter's mind was diseased and warped precisely by online conspiracy theories that are echoed regularly on his show. the plain fact is that the shooter responsible for the violent murder of 10 innocent lives espoused the same false and racist conspiracy theories that tucker carlson as pushed to
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his audience 400 times and which far too many maga republicans including former president trump are happy to magnify. tucker carlson should come out and not just condemn racial violence, not just condemn replacement theory, but refused to give these falls and racist conspiracy theories a blackboard. let me say it again, anchors like tucker carlson and all maga republicans and voices of influence across the political spectrum should not just denounce racist views on the white replacement there -- theory but refused to give these false and racist conspiracy. a platform whatsoever. -- conspiracy theories a platform whatsoever. most on the right have not done that. until you stop views like replacement there is out of existent and and together to
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call them white supremacist propaganda, we cannot find closure to the attacks like the one this weekend in buffalo, new york. communities across the country, especially communities of color, will continue to live in fear that at any moment, they may be targeted by violence just because of who they are. >> next, north carolina representative -- washington journal, every day we take your calls live on the air of the news of the day and discussed policy issues that impact you. coming up wednesday morning, abortion rights and reducing gun violence with texas democratic congresswoman sylvia garcia. then, campaign 2022. add a harvard astrophysicist recaps the congressional hearing on ufos this week. watch washington journal live at
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