Joe Biden, the President of the United States was interrupted during a speech that he was delivering on Saturday. The occasion was the Human Rights Campaign annual dinner which was being held in Washington DC.
An activist with a seemingly pro-Palestinian stance shouted out in the middle of Biden’s keynote address. They yelled “let Gaza live” and “ceasefire now” when the President was speaking.
On hearing her, President Biden stopped his speech for a moment. He said that he was not being able to hear what the activist said. However, after that he soon went back to continuing his speech.
“I don’t know who’s hollering down there, but I can’t hear you,” he said. “I can’t hear her, what is she saying?” he added. Then with a ‘We have to reject hate in every form’, he continued with his speech.
Biden linked the humanitarian crisis in Gaza to various versions of hate, saying it must be stopped. “A week ago we saw hate manifest another way in the worst massacre of the Jewish people since the Holocaust,” he said. Referring to more than a thousand people who died in Israel.
“Yesterday I spoke for an hour with the family members of those Americans who are still unaccounted for on a zoom call. They have endured an agony, not knowing what is happening,” he said during his speech.
“Antisemitism, islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia they’re all connected. Hate toward one group left unanswered opens the door to more hate towards more groups more often,” Biden added.