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Joe Biden botches name of hero killed in Buffalo shooting Aaron Salter Jr.

President Joe Biden struggled on Monday with the correct pronunciation of the name of Aaron Salter Jr., a heroic ex-cop and security guard who died Saturday in the face of the Buffalo mass shooting suspect.

“We honor all law enforcement officers and their families who understand what it takes, what is in danger, to save and protect us all,” Biden said. “This includes honoring Buffalo Police Officer Aaron Salder – Slater, excuse me – who gave his life trying to save others.”

Biden spoke about Salter at a White House Public Safety Officers’ Medals of Bravery ceremony for law enforcement and public safety officials.

Salter served as a police officer in Buffalo for 30 years before retiring in 2022 and taking up a security position at Tops Friendly Market where the shooting took place.

Salter hit the alleged shooter with at least one shot from his pistol, but was blocked by the alleged shooter’s body armor. Salter was later shot and killed during the attack.

“You are the heart, soul and backbone of this country and these communities,” Biden continued, praising the public safety officials in the room.

During the ceremony, Biden also botched the name of Rep. Adriano Espaillat, a Democratic congressman from New York.

“Excuse me. You can call me ‘Bidden’,” Biden joked, mispronouncing his own name. “We’ve known each other for so long and I stumbled again. I apologize.”

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