President Joe Biden left the White House on Tuesday night for his long Thanksgiving vacation in Nantucket, without planning to visit victims of the gruesome murder of families during the Waukesha Christmas Parade earlier this week.
Six people were killed during the annual parade on Sunday after the driver of an SUV intentionally struck crowds watching the parade.
Five adults were killed and authorities said on Tuesday that an eight-year-old boy had died of his injuries. At least 60 other people were injured. Police arrested Darrell E. Brooks Jr., 39, for the attack.
The White House has not announced any plans for the president to visit the grieving community of Waukesha.
“You have seen the president speak, you know his heart, all of our hearts go out to the community, to the families who have suffered a terrible tragedy…”, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during the briefing Tuesday daily.
Instead, Biden left early to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family in Nantucket on a $ 30 million estate owned by David Rubenstein, the Carlyle Group co-founder.
The president waited several hours to react to the attack on the Christmas parade, before finally calling it a “horrific act of violence” on Monday afternoon, offering his family’s prayers for the victims.
Biden reacted differently when eight people were shot and killed in spas in Atlanta, ordering flags to be half-masted to mourn the victims. In March, Biden visited the city to condemn “skyrocketing” hate crimes against Asian Americans.
“Our silence is complicity,” he said during his speech in Atlanta. “We cannot be accomplices. We have to talk. We need to act.