(CNSNews.com) - President Joe Biden had a message for transgender Americans Wednesday night, as he addressed a joint session of Congress:
"To all transgender Americans watching at home, especially the young people, who are so brave, I want you to know your president has your back."
That brief comment came shortly after Biden said "white supremacy is terrorism," which "our intelligence agency has determined to be the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today." Biden promised he would not ignore that threat. He did not mention violence from groups such as antifa.
Biden thanked the Senate for passing a hate crimes bill aimed at protecting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He urged passage of a Democrat police reform bill by the first anniversary of George Floyd's death next month. And he once again acknowledged "systemic racism that plagues America and American lives..."
Here, in context, are Biden's comments on race, terrorism, alternative lifestyles and bending "the arc of the moral universe towards justice, real justice."
We have to remain vigilant against the threats to the United States wherever they come from. Al-Qaida and ISIS are in Yemen, Syria, Somalia, other places in Africa, in the Middle East and beyond.
And we won't ignore what our intelligence agency has determined to be the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today: white supremacy is terrorism. We're not going to ignore that either.
My fellow Americans, look, we have to come together to heal the soul of this nation. It was nearly a year ago, before her father's funeral, when I spoke with Gianna Floyd, George Floyd’s young daughter. She's a little tyke, so I was kneeling down and talked to her so I could look her in the eye. She looked at me, she said, “My daddy changed the world.”
Well, after the conviction of George Floyd's murderer, we can see how right she was if -- if we have the courage to act as a Congress. We've all seen the knee of injustice on the neck of black Americans. Now is our opportunity to make some real progress.
The vast majority of men and women wearing the uniform and a badge serve our communities and they serve them honorably. I know them. I know they want to help meet this moment as well.
My fellow Americans, we have to come together to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the people they serve, to root out systemic racism in our criminal justice system and to enact police reform in George Floyd's name that passed the House already. I know Republicans have their own ideas, and are engaged in a very productive discussion with Democrats in the Senate. We need to work together to find a consensus, but let's get it done next month by the first anniversary of George Floyd's death.
The country supports this reform, and Congress should act -- should act. We have a giant opportunity to bend the ark of the moral universe towards justice, real justice. And with the plans outlined tonight, we have a real chance to root out systemic racism that plagues America and American lives in other ways.
A chance to deliver real equity, good jobs, good schools, affordable housing, clean air, clean water, being able to generate wealth and pass it down to generations because you have an access to purchase a house. Real opportunities in the lives of more Americans, Black, white, Latino, Asian Americans, Native Americans.
Look, I also want to thank the United States Senate for voting 94-1 to pass COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to protect Asian-American and Pacific Islanders. You acted decisively. You can see on television the viciousness of the hate crimes we have seen over the past year and for too long. I urge the House to do the same and send that legislation to my desk, which I will gladly, anxiously sign.
I also hope Congress will get to my desk the Equality Act to protect LGBTQ Americans. To all transgender Americans watching at home, especially the young people, who are so brave, I want you to know your president has your back. Another thing: let's authorize the Violence Against Women Act, which has been law for 27 years. Twenty-seven years ago, I wrote it...