Wisconsin’s two U.S. senators came together from the other side of the aisle to call for an end to bipartisan quarrels in the wake of the Christmas parade attack in Waukesha.
Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D) and Ron Johnson (R) issued a rare joint statement on Saturday urging external groups and individuals to “stop” using the SUV ambush that killed six people and injured more than five dozen “for their own political purpose. “
The statement did not call out any specific external groups or individuals.
Local officials’ “top priority is to begin the healing process in Waukesha by providing comfort and support to surviving family members of the deceased and those injured in both body and spirit,” the senators wrote.
“They must also conduct a thorough investigation and give the accused a full fair trial. It will not be an easy task and will be made even more difficult if carried out in a politically charged atmosphere.”
The 39-year-old Darrell Brooks reportedly used his Ford Escape to blow past police barricades and plow into a group of partygoers at the Milwaukee area’s annual Christmas parade.
The career criminal – who had called for violence against white people and expressed his admiration for Adolf Hitler’s mass murder of Jews – had been released from prison after allegedly driving over his girlfriend with the SUV earlier this month.
Days before the statement, Johnson blasted the Democrats for rhetoric and policies that led to the massacre, in his opinion.
“When you look the other way, when you almost call for lawlessness – like, let’s face it, you have political figures during the summer riots in 2020 who urge people to donate to the bail fund so you can save these people out. “When you encourage lawlessness, you’ll get more of it,” Johnson told Fox & Friends on Tuesday.
“It’s getting more and more violent. It is beginning to spread from crime-ridden, generally democratically governed cities to the surrounding areas, the senator added. “I think that’s what we’ve witnessed here in Waukesha.”
His comments were repeated in the program the next day by Texas Representative Dan Crenshaw, who blamed the Democrats’ “far-left funding, radical DAs and prosecutors” for the disaster.
“I’m not that conspiratorial,” the congressman added, “but it’s pretty obvious that there are people like George Soros who fund these far-left, radical DAs and prosecutors around the country, which means millions of dollars.”
One day after the attack, Republican colleague Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia took to Twitter to rhetorically ask whether “mainstream media, Democrats, and even the President of the United States” incited the massacre.
Former President Donald Trump called Brooks a “gross cookie” on Fox News Tuesday, but told host Sean Hannity that he was comforted that the alleged killer – a hopeful musician who once rapped “f-k Donald Trump” – was not follower of his.