President Biden on Monday afternoon offered his condolences to the families of the five people who died Sunday when the driver of an SUV plowed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Dozens more were injured when the driver callously mowed down a marching band, members of the Dancing Grannies and a group of girls waving pom-poms.
“We know this morning that five families in Waukesha are facing the fresh grief of life without a loved one. At least 40 Americans are suffering from injuries, some of them in critical condition. And an entire community is struggling — struggling to cope with a horrific act of violence,” Biden said.
“Last night, the people of Waukesha were gathered to celebrate the start of a season of hope and togetherness and thanksgiving. This morning, Jill and I and the entire Biden family, and I’m sure all of us, pray that that same spirit is gonna embrace it and lift up all the victims of this tragedy, bringing comfort to those recovering from their injuries and wrapping the families of those who died in the support of our community.”
The president gave his first public remarks on the tragedy before speaking about his decision to renominate Jerome Powell for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
“We’re all grateful for the extraordinary work of first responders and law enforcement and emergency room doctors who are working around the clock to deal with the terrible consequences of what happened last night. My administration is monitoring the situation very closely,” Biden said.
Darrell Brooks, 39, has been charged with five counts of intentional homicide in the attack.