Domestic Terrorism Bill Fails without GoP Support in the Senate
Rightwing militants stirred unfounded fears the Biden administration would round up Trumpists and conservatives
On May 14, 18-year-old Payton S. Gendron, a self-described white supremacist, drove into the parking lot of the Tops Supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. He was armed with a Bushmaster XM-15 semi-automatic assault rifle with the N-word inscribed on the stock, along with several magazine clips, each containing 30 bullets. He wore military-grade body armor and a helmet equipped with a mounted camera, which he activated so he could livestream the terrorist attack he was about to carry out.
“Just got to go for it,” Gendron recorded himself saying on his livestream as he strode toward the supermarket entrance.
According to police who later viewed the livestream, Gendron opened fire on four Black people in the parking lot, killing three instantly. Shouting racial slurs as he entered the supermarket, police said, Gendron then shot eight more people, killing six, all Black. As customers and employees frantically sought cover, Aaron Sal…
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