‘Terrorist act’: Joe Biden decries racist mass murder in Jacksonville

'Hate will not prevail in America.'

President Joe Biden was in Live Oak Saturday, where he condemned a “terrorist act driven by racial hatred” in Jacksonville the week before.

“Our hearts are with you,” Biden said regarding the families and loved ones of the three Black people gunned down in a New Town Dollar General by a White man with swastikas drawn on his AR-15.

Biden said the “terrorist act” was “driven by hatred and animus.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, let me say this clearly, hate will not prevail in America. Hate will not prevail in America. Racism will not prevail in America. Domestic terrorism will not prevail in America. And to make it real clear, silence on this issue, both public and private and the private sector, silence is complicity,” Biden said.

The slaying left four people dead five years to the day after a mass shooting at a video game tournament at the former Jacksonville Landing, and one day short of 63 years from Ax Handle Saturday, a day on which White marauders attacked Black shoppers downtown.

“Plainly put, this shooter was racially motivated and he hated Black people,” Sheriff T.K. Waters said at a vigil after the shooting. “He wanted to kill n——. That’s the one and only time I will use that word.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis condemned the “scumbag” who committed the murders.

“This shooting, based on the manifesto that they discovered from the scumbag that did this, was racially motivated,” DeSantis said. “He was targeting people based on their race. That is totally unacceptable.”

“This guy killed himself rather than face the music and accept responsibility for his actions,” the Governor added. “And so he took the coward’s way out. But we condemn what happened in the strongest possible terms.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • My Take

    September 2, 2023 at 5:17 pm

    One of the GOP’s volunteer stormtroopers in these Trumptimes.

    • My Take

      September 2, 2023 at 5:24 pm

      Rod should change his name to Roehm.

  • Impeach Biden

    September 2, 2023 at 9:42 pm

    Joe Biden is so far gone. Let’s talk about the terrorists that murdered 13 US servicemen on his Afghanistan withdrawal. Then when those young people were brought back in coffins to the US, there you were looking at your watch. What a complete embarrassment as a CIC.

    • My Take

      September 2, 2023 at 10:24 pm

      A tragedy, but the killing of armed foreign troops that invaded your country is not normally considered terrorism, even if by abush.

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 2, 2023 at 10:41 pm

      bush started a war based on lies and needlessly killed thousands. why didn’t you mention that instead of a terrorists attack while we were trying to get out too fast because trump made promises that landed on bidden’s watch. you gop maga maggots like to cherry pick and take things out of context. your point is foolish and hypocritical. the jacksonville nazi that slaughtered innocent people, now that’s a terrorist. bidden is a great president and you are to hateful to see it. i pity your family. they have to put up with your bs. i don’t

      • Impeach Biden

        September 3, 2023 at 6:50 am

        Biden is a great President is laughable. You pity my family? You look like a lonely and bitter old man typing away late at night. Porn hub later?

        • Rick Whitaker

          September 3, 2023 at 4:40 pm

          don’t project your foolish hate on me. i think i got you right. you are so full of hate that it really shows. on the other hand I’m very woke and therefore loved by many. i have 8 kids, 17 grand kids and 3 great-grand kids. my house is busy with visits from friends and family. and according to them i am well loved. the porn comment shows me you are of low morals. i showed your post to my family and they broke-up with laughter. what a loser.

      • Impeach Biden

        September 3, 2023 at 7:30 am

        Biden is a great President? Now what kind of BS is that? I pity your family for having to listen to that. You look like you might have dementia as well.

        • Rick Whitaker

          September 3, 2023 at 4:45 pm

          do you think your comment are wise, funny, or cute? no, they are not. anybody that wants to impeach biden just to take the heat off the new york con man, is foolish. so after the election and your guy is in prison, then you can choke on your own hatred. i don’t see your picture, why, are you shy. maybe you are trump

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