A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Ethan Crumbley and his parents
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“I just feel like I’m being monster – demonized.”
Darrell Brooks in an interview with FOX News
“Yeah, sorry—he’s trash. He’s a career criminal. He’s a menace to society. He’s a child sex offender. And he could soon add murderer to his list of crimes. He faces life in prison if convicted. He’s being held on $5 million bail. He should be held without bail, to be honest. When you run over and kill six people, one of whom was younger than 10 years old—you deserve to be dragged through the mud.”
Matt Vespa, Townhall.com
Darrell Brooks Jr. should never have been on the street the night police say he murdered six and injured more than 60 at the Waukesha Christmas Parade.
He should have been in jail.
About two weeks before he allegedly drove his maroon Ford Escape onto the parade route, Brooks was charged with running over a female acquaintance with the same vehicle and was facing serious felony charges.
But the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office recommended bail of only $1,000 in the attack on the woman — a stunningly low amount given the gravity of the charges and his past history of violence. A court commissioner granted the low bail.
If Brooks had been kept in jail to protect the community from a dangerous career criminal, the carnage in Waukesha might have been avoided.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board
“Prosecutors knew that [Darrell Brooks] had a lifetime of violence and bail-jumping and disregarding the law, but Wisconsin prosecutors recommended a $1,000 bond. … And now, six body bags later, prosecutors finally concede that bond was too low. We already know that. $1,000 was too low when you set it. Now, after six people are dead, and dozens more injured, you set the bond at $5 million. So what’s different now? He was a career criminal before he killed six people at a Christmas parade. We don’t need prosecutors to react after there are six bodies laying on a parade route; we need prosecutors and politicians who prioritize public safety beforehand.”
“[Darrell Brooks] should not have even been on the street. [He] had clear, anti-white animus. And this was an intentional act. And it seems like, you know, for corporate press, they’re more apt to characterize a parent who goes to a school board meeting to protest bad policies as a domestic terrorist than somebody who intentionally rams an SUV into a crowd of innocent people.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
“The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger. No, no, no, no, I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger. Never.”
“And then I also just think what President Biden’s doing by trying to impose more restrictions. You know he’s now going to say that if you go to the Bahamas as an American citizen and you come back you’ve got to do a test a COVID test. But if you just come right across the border illegally, then somehow that’s fine and we don’t care about the test or vaccination. I just don’t understand it. I think it’s all just going to do is cause a lot of problems. I don’t think that they should be imposing any mandates on air travel or any of the things that they have done. I think it has not been anything that’s really made much of a difference.
“And so, I just think we need to get real here and we should not be imposing any type of mandates or restrictions on the American people, especially when you don’t do that for people that are coming into the country illegally.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) criticized President Joe Biden for contemplating stricter travel restrictions for U.S. citizens returning from abroad, despite their COVID-19 vaccinations status, as opposed to those same restrictions not applying to illegal immigrants
“I don’t know that the travel ban makes sense. I don’t know that it’s that different because he’s banning people from African countries and we know that this variant is not only in South Africa, and South Africa has some of the world’s best scientists and epidemiologists and I think that’s why they found the variant there. This variant was found in Israel, it was found in Belgium, it was found in other European countries. Why aren’t there bans from those countries? Why just Africa? I think that has to be called out.”
“The View’s” Sunny Hostin
“Biden banned travel from South Africa because of the new Covid variant. Immigrants have recently been apprehended crossing our border illegally from South Africa. Biden is doing nothing to stop immigrants from South Africa entering illegally. Pure politics and hypocrisy.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott
“Let me be clear, Oakland needs more police. We have been interrupted by staffing reductions, COVID interrupted our recruitment and training processes, and the defund rhetoric is challenging our ability to attract and retain recruits.”
Oakland, California, Democrat Mayor Libby Schaaf
“Dr. Fauci, I think, is the most dangerous bureaucrat in the history of the country. You know, he talks … about hurting science. I don’t think anyone has hurt science, has hurt the credibility of the CDC, has hurt the credibility of doctors more than Dr. Fauci because throughout this pandemic, he’s been dishonest. He’s been political. He’s been partisan. And the American people know it.”
Senator Ted Cruz
“It’s time to admit that we have to go to war against COVID. Require vaccination universally. Have the military run it. If you don’t want to get vaccinated, you better be ready to prove your conscientious objector status in court.”
CNBC’s Jim Cramer
“I hope the Supreme Court is listening to the people of the United States because … I think if you want to see a revolution go ahead, outlaw Roe v. Wade and see what the response is of the public, particularly young people.” Senator Jeanne Shaheen
“It’s not hard to imagine that the day will soon come when the radical left begins touting abortion as a tool for managing population growth as the Chinese Communist Party has done for decades.”
“Jack Dorsey stepping down as Twitter CEO. Whoever replaces him will have some BIG stories to block.”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Got the wrong goat: West Point cadets try to nab Navy mascot