Now that he’s decided to run for the U.S. Senate next year, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) has decided he’d better put as much distance between him and the thousands of pro-Trump rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol back in January.
Yes, this is the very same Mo Brooks who questioned the legitimacy of the the 2020 election and then spoke at the “Save America” rally that preceded the violence at the Capitol. Specifically, Brooks told the crowd:
“Today is the day that American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.”
But Brooks was singing a different tune entirely on Friday, telling reporters:
“They did more to hurt the Republican Party and our efforts for honest and accurate elections than anybody could have, even those who would’ve followed a script written by the Democratic Party.
“We were going to have a debate on the House and Senate floors about voter fraud and election theft and that message, those facts, did not get out through the news media. The news media was absorbed by the attack on the United States Capitol.
“So that whole day we were working months toward was just blown to pieces by those fools who attacked the United States Capitol.”
What Brooks failed to say is that former President Donald Trump and his son, Don Jr. are among the “fools” who helped ignite the people who marched to the Capitol and began wreaking havoc. Brooks also conveniently left himself out of the “fools” contingent even though he too played a role in inciting the riots.
Brooks is still facing the possibility of being censured by his House colleagues, AL.com notes:
“Democratic Representatives Tom Malinowski of New Jersey and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida introduced the resolution for censure back in January. The censure is a public rebuke by Congress, and only requires a simple majority vote.”
While Mo Brooks may be under the illusion that voters have short memories, he should remember that same flawed logic contributed to Donald Trump getting stomped by Joe Biden when the ballots were counted last year.
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