The day after a White man allegedly killed six Asian women and two others in a series of shootings at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area on Tuesday, Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki blamed President Donald Trump’s rhetoric for the rise in hate crimes directed towards Asian Americans. According to police, the assaults were not found to be a hate crime, and the perpetrator admitted and blamed a sex addiction.

When a reporter asked why Joe Biden thinks hate crimes against Asians are on the rise in the United States, Psaki blamed President Trump’s rhetoric surrounding COVID-19. The virus is referred to as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus by President Trump on many occasions. The disease was first detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, and the United States and other countries have complained that the Beijing government has been secretive about the virus origins.

“I think there’s no question that some of the damaging rhetoric that we saw during the prior administration, blaming, you know, calling COVID, you know, uh, the Wuhan Virus, or other things, led to perceptions of the Asian American community that are inaccurate, unfair, that have raised threatening, has elevated threats against Asian Americans,” Psaki said on Wednesday at a briefing.

Although Psaki said that Biden refused to assign a motive, local police claim to have received a confession from the murderer, implying that the attacks were not motivated by hatred.

As reported, police said, “He apparently has an issue, what he considers a sex addiction, and sees these locations as something that allows him to go to these places and it’s a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate. Like we said, it’s still early on.”

Police also said, “The suspect did take responsibility for the shootings. He said that early on, once we began the interviews with him. He claims as the Chief said, this is still early, but he does claim that it was not racially motivated.”

Influential politicians like Vice President Kamala Harris, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms, and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel blame the assault on anti-Asian prejudice.

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