“There’s no question some of the damaging rhetoric we saw during the prior administration elevated threats against Asian-Americans"
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made the remarks on Wednesday, after the shooting which left six Asian women dead.
The incident occurred on Tuesday evening in the Buckhead neighborhood of northeast Atlanta.
Robert Aaron Long, 21, unleashed his first attack at Young’s Asian Massage in which he shot and killed four people at 5pm. A Hispanic man was also injured.
At 5:47pm, officers responded to a reported robbery at Gold Spa. Three bodes of three women were found with gunshot wounds.
“There’s no question” the previous administration’s “damaging rhetoric” played a role in rising threats against Asian-Americans, Psaki said in response to a reporter who asked why President Biden believes there is a rise in anti-Asian crimes.
Psaki said the former President’s use of the terms ‘Wuhan flu’ for Coronavirus led to “inaccurate, unfair” perceptions of Asian Americans.
However, the Press Secretary said Biden did not want to discuss the motive of the Atlanta shooter before the investigation was complete.
Nonetheless, Biden “will continue to look for ways to elevate and talk about this issue,” Psaki said.
In other news, an elderly Asian woman has hospitalised her attacker in San Francisco.