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Waukesha tragedy: Biden and Kamala Harris silence is deafening; 'where is the outrage?'

Several Wisconsin politicians have reacted but the lack of a proper statement from Joe Biden or Kamala Harris is making quite a few people furious
UPDATED NOV 23, 2021
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris slammed for not reacting to the Waukesha parade tragedy (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Twitter)
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris slammed for not reacting to the Waukesha parade tragedy (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Twitter)

Few weeks are left before the holiday season kicks in and we received such tragic news. A car plowed into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, November 21, killing five people and leaving more than 40 injured. A red SUV hit dozens of people including school bands and a dance troupe of grannies as they marched through the city of Waukesha.

The incident does not appear "at this time" to be an act of terrorism, one official said, after "a person of interest" was taken into custody. The SUV "put the pedal to the metal and just [started] zooming full speed along the parade route," local resident Angelito Tenorio told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper. Several Wisconsin politicians have reacted since the incident but the lack of a proper statement from President Joe Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris is making quite a few people furious.


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Among those who reacted or released a statement in the light of the incident, there was Wisconsin Gov Tony Evers. He said he and his wife are praying for the "kids, families, and community members affected by this senseless act" following the incident. "Kathy and I are praying for Waukesha tonight and all the kids, families, and community members affected by this senseless act. I'm grateful for the first responders and folks who acted quickly to help, and we are in contact with local partners as we await more information," he wrote in a tweet. 


Wisconsin Sen Tammy Baldwin called the incident at the Waukesha Christmas Parade "horrific," and urged people to pray for the victims. "The horrific violence at the Waukesha Christmas Parade is just heartbreaking. Please keep the victims in your prayers tonight," she tweeted.


Rep Scott Fitzgerald, who represents the district in which the parade was held, tweeted out guidance to his constituents following the SUV incident. "If you are searching for family, please go to the Waukesha Metro Center, 212 E Saint Paul Ave," he tweeted. "I continue to monitor the situation as full details come to light and I’m thankful for all of the first responders who are answering the call for help," he wrote in a subsequent tweet.


"Today we experienced a horrible, senseless tragedy. I walked in the parade at the beginning," Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly said at a news conference. "I saw the happy children sitting on the curb I saw happy parents behind their children. I can still see the smiling faces. A parade is a celebration for our community."

Biden and Harris criticized for not issuing a statement

According to an official, the White House is monitoring the situation in Waukesha, Wisconsin. "President Biden was briefed this evening on the incident in Waukesha, Wisconsin", a White House official added. The only statement that has come out of the White House was short as it read: “The White House is closely monitoring the situation in Waukesha and our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted by this terrible incident. We have reached out to state and local officials to offer any support and assistance as needed.”

However, neither Biden nor Vice President Harris has issued a statement personally on the tragic event yet, which has outraged a number of people. He added, "Today our community faced for tragedy in what should have been a community celebration. I'm deeply saddened to know that so many in our community went to a parade but ended up dealing with injury and heartache."

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks as U.S. President Joe Biden looks on in the Rose Garden of the White House on July 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

"The Biden regime is about to incinerate what’s left of their Presidency with whatever insane statements they’ll make on Waukesha," one of them wrote, while another noted, "Where’s the outrage from Pelosi, Garland, Harris, Biden, Waters, Joy Reid, Joy Behar and Rittenhouse prosecutor Binger on the domestic terrorism that occurred in Waukesha?" A third commented, "Oh we go with radio silence, suppressed tweets, Twitter suspensions, the works. Biden taking control of the BLM murderer case in Waukesha."

One more added, "The Biden administration is waiting to determine the race of the person(s) at fault in Waukesha before releasing a statement. If the guilty party is white then they're white supremacists. If they're black then it is just an unfortunate incident." 

The incident also saw some on social media bring back the memories of what happened after the sudden withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover. Many had slammed Biden for being non-responsive while the chaos broke out in Afghanistan, blaming him for bringing on the situation. A social media user tweeted, "Same as Afghanistan - WHERE IS BIDEN? #Waukesha #Wisconsin." A person reacted with, "At least 5 reported dead and more than 40 wounded in an apparent terrorist attack by ardent BLM supporter Darrell E Brooks, who mowed down a crowd of mostly children participating in a Christmas parade. Still no statements from Biden or Harris regarding #Waukesha."