New York Times writer Salman Rushdie was stabbed multiple times before taking the stage for a speech in Chautauqua, New York.
President Biden said that he is “shocked and saddened” about the stabbing of author Salman Rushdie
“Rushdie was stabbed multiple times before a speech at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, on Friday. The attacker allegedly rushed onto the stage and stabbed him in the neck,” reports Fox News.
Joe Biden Shocked by Stabbing
Rushdie underwent surgery at a local hospital.
“Jill and I were shocked and saddened to learn of the vicious attack on Salman Rushdie yesterday in New York. We, together with all Americans and people around the world, are praying for his health and recovery. I am grateful to the first responders and the brave individuals who jumped into action to render aid to Rushdie and subdue the attacker,” Biden said.
“Salman Rushdie—with his insight into humanity, with his unmatched sense for story, with his refusal to be intimidated or silenced—stands for essential, universal ideals. Truth. Courage. Resilience. The ability to share ideas without fear. These are the building blocks of any free and open society. And today, we reaffirm our commitment to those deeply American values in solidarity with Rushdie and all those who stand for freedom of expression,” Biden added.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke about the attack in a statement.
“Today, the country and the world witnessed a reprehensible attack against the writer Salman Rushdie,” Sullivan said. “This act of violence is appalling. All of us in the Biden-Harris Administration are praying for his speedy recovery.”
“We are thankful to good citizens and first responders for helping Mr. Rushdie so quickly after the attack and to law enforcement for its swift and effective work, which is ongoing,” Sullivan continued.
“A State Trooper assigned to the event at the Chautauqua Institution took the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Hadi Matar, into custody immediately after the attack, New York State Police said. The event moderator also suffered a minor head injury,” reported Fox.
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