Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) is now scapegoating Donald Trump in what appears to be a desperation ploy in response to the lawsuit filed against him by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.).

Brooks was served the lawsuit in June after months of evading it. Of course, he whined about it by falsely accusing Swalwell’s team of illegally serving him.

But now he must appear in court to answer for his role in inciting the insurrection when he delivered a speech at Trump’s January 6th rally in which he said “Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass” prior to the crowd storming the Capitol in a scheme to overthrow democracy.

Brooks’ words clearly incited the crowd of Trump supporters, putting the lives of every member of Congress at risk because the insurrectionists were looking for lawmakers to murder.

In a filing this week, Brooks threw Trump under the bus by blaming him for his speech.

“Brooks only gave the Ellipse Speech because the White House asked him to, in his capacity as a United States Congressman,” the filing said. “But for the White House request, Brooks would not have appeared at the Ellipse Rally.”

Except he did appear and is responsible for the words he used. But thanks for incriminating Trump.

In addition, Brooks pushed Trump’s election lies, which have repeatedly been shot down in court after court across the country.

“The evidence is overwhelming that the November 3, 2020, elections were the subject of voter fraud and election theft on a scale never seen before in America and that, if only lawful votes cast by eligible American citizens were counted, Donald Trump won the electoral college and should be serving his second term as President of the United States,” the filing said.

No evidence of voter fraud actually exists, so Brooks is lying in this filing. The court will likely not appreciate that. And it gives Swalwell’s lawsuit even more credibility since Trump’s lies fueled the insurrection.

Swalwell may actually now have a case for compelling Trump or members of his administration to appear in court to testify because Brooks directly blamed the White House for his speech.

Make no mistake, Trump should be held accountable for inciting the insurrection, but Brooks is just as guilty. His own words make that very clear.

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