President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris tweeted they were “angered” and “disturbed” earlier this week, by a series of local murders happening inside a Muslim community in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and their responses are now drawing criticism for being hypocritical — after the suspect was also discovered to be Muslim.
In response to the gruesome murders of three men in recent weeks, Biden tweeted, “I am angered and saddened by the horrific killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque. While we await a full investigation, my prayers are with the victims’ families, and my Administration stands strongly with the Muslim community. These hateful attacks have no place in America.”
I am angered and saddened by the horrific killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque. While we await a full investigation, my prayers are with the victims’ families, and my Administration stands strongly with the Muslim community.
These hateful attacks have no place in America.
— President Biden (@POTUS) August 7, 2022
Meanwhile, Vice President Kamal Harris tweeted, “I am deeply disturbed by the killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque. As law enforcement continues to investigate these heinous attacks, we remain clear that we stand with the Muslim community in New Mexico and around our country. Hate has no place in America.”
I am deeply disturbed by the killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque. As law enforcement continues to investigate these heinous attacks, we remain clear that we stand with the Muslim community in New Mexico and around our country. Hate has no place in America.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) August 7, 2022
Biden and Harris wrote these tweets before the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) uncovered the suspect, who was determined to be a Sunni Muslim. Since this discovery, there has been no follow-up from the White House — which calls into question the motivation behind Biden’s true appeals to the Muslim community in their time of distress.
Some on social media criticized the Democratic leaders’ responses, with Tim Young replying, “Funny… I must’ve missed your tweet about the guy running the SUV through the Christmas parade in Waukesha.”
Young was referring to the November 2021 attack on a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin — that killed six people and injured 62 others. Notably, the victims of the attack were all white and the perpetrator was black.
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The APD captured a suspected serial killer on Tuesday, who had murdered at least two men and is suspected of potentially having murdered two more people.
“We tracked down the vehicle believed to be involved in a recent murder of a Muslim man in Albuquerque,” the APD Chief of Police Harold Medina tweeted. “The driver was detained and he is our primary suspect for the murders. We will update the media later this afternoon.”
Three of the murders took place this month while a fourth murder took place last November. The three victims were “ambushed with no warning, fired upon, and killed.” The victims were Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27; Aftab Hussein, 41, and Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, according to CNN.
The president of the Islamic Center of New Mexico Ahmas Assed said that authorities told him the suspect is a Sunni Muslim, who may have targeted the victims because he was angry that his daughter had married a Shiite Muslim, The New York Times reported.
Police also said it is still unclear whether or not marriage was the key motivation behind the killings, but authorities added that it could have attributed to other “interpersonal conflict[s].”
While Biden and Harris seem partially right — for standing with the Muslim community of Albuquerque and immediately condemning the attack — there are those who argue they favor specific groups who make up their main voter base, doing all they can to virtue signal at a time of tragedy to limit the damage of the impending red wave come November.
Standing on the shoulders of a murderous tragedy, irrespective of race or other factors, might not be the best way to garner new votes — but only time will tell.
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