Now Just Isn't A Good Time For President Biden To Visit Waukesha


The White House does not have any plans "at this point in time" for President Biden to visit Waukesha, Wisconsin following the horrifying Christmas parade attack earlier this month.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked Monday why Biden has not been to Waukesha, where 39-year-old Darrell Brooks Jr. allegedly drove straight into a crowd of innocent people that were attending a Christmas parade there, killing six people including an 8-year-old boy and injuring dozens more.

"As you saw the president convey last week, our hearts go out to this community, to the people in Waukesha that we've been in touch, obviously, with officials there," Psaki said. "We're all watching as people are recovering, and this is such a difficult time of year for this to happen--it's difficult any time."

Psaki, claimed that "any president going to visit a community requires a lot of assets" and requires "taking their resources."

"It's not something that I have a trip to preview at this point in time," Psaki said. "But we remain in touch with local officials and certainly our hearts are with the community as they've gone through such a difficult time."

While Waukesha is still reeling, Biden flew to North Carolina to celebrate a "Friendsgiving" with U.S. troops and then spent six days in Nantucket to celebrate Thanksgiving with his extended family.

Brooks has a lengthy criminal history which dates back to 1999, including multiple felonies. Brooks is a convicted sex offender, who posted bail in Wisconsin twice this year even though he had an active warrant for jumping bail on a sex crime charge in Nevada.

Earlier this month, Milwaukee prosecutors requested only $1,000 bail for Brooks after he was arrested and charged for allegedly punching his girlfriend in the face and then running her over with his car in a gas station parking lot. Prosecutors now acknowledge that bail was "inappropriately low."

Brooks’ has a long criminal history with charges that range from multiple firearms and battery convictions, to strangulation, to sex offenses, and drug charges on a 50-page rap sheet that spans three states.

 

Cash bail policies have been brought to the forefront since the incident, with the White House maintaining its position to end cash bail, arguing the decision to hold defendants should be based on the threat they pose to society, not their ability to pay bail.

"Ending cash bail will not automatically put people charged with crimes on the streets," a White House official said. "It just means that whether you get bail should be based on the threat you pose, and not how much money you have in your bank account.

"There shouldn’t be a separate criminal justice system for wealthy Americans," the official added.

"Ultimately though, this was a decision made by local courts," the official said, referring to Milwaukee county prosecutors releasing Brooks on bail.

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