Actress Debra Messing targeted the media for “downplaying” the attack that occurred at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Darrell Brooks has been charged with intentional homicide after driving his truck down a busy street in commemoration of the Christmas season, killing six people between the ages of 8 and 81 and injuring dozens more.
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However, many media outlets had referred to the attack as a “parade clash”, downplaying the intent that prosecutors have targeted against the career criminal.
The “Will & Grace” star took to Twitter on Wednesday and spoke out against such a narrative.
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“Dear Media: A man intentionally drove his car through a parade killing 6 and injuring more than 50. It was not an ACCIDENT,” Messing tweeted. “Call him by his name #WaukeshaMassacre.”
“And it was an internal terrorist attack. Do not minimize it. Please,” he added.
Although police officers have ruled out the tragedy as an act of domestic terrorism, investigators have yet to attribute a motive to Brooks’ actions.
Regardless, the liberal actress’s tweet received rare praise from conservatives.
“Wait … what? I agree with Debra Messing for the first time,” said political satirist Tim Young. reacted.
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“That’s how it starts. Good for her,” said Right On Crime CEO Brett Tolman. wrote.
“I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but Debra Messing is right!” RedState Deputy Managing Editor Brandon Morse tweeted.
Media outlets initially reported that Brooks was on the run from police following a knife fight, implying that his driving through the parade was accidental. Local police denied pursuing Brooks at the time.
But even after Brooks was charged with intentional homicide, several journalists and headlines described the attack as a “shock.”
“A sixth victim died after the Waukesha Christmas parade crash, prosecutors say,” read a CNN headline.
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“BREAKING: Prosecutor: 6th person, child, died in fatal accident at Wisconsin parade,” CBS News correspondent David Begnaud tweeted Tuesday.
“Man Suspected of Fatal Crash at Waukesha Parade Charged with 5 Counts of First Degree Willful Murder,” wrote the Associated Press.
“The man charged in the Waukesha parade accident made his first court appearance,” NPR similarly stated in a headline.
Fox News’ Lindsay Kornick contributed to this report.