Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) once again fanned the flames of insurrection on Thursday in his response to a domestic terrorist plot to bomb the Capitol.

Law enforcement successfully stopped the attempted bombing by coaxing the suspect— a Trump fan who spouts election lies and hates President Joe Biden— to surrender.

It’s the first attack on the Capitol since January 6th when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow democracy and assassinate lawmakers.

Brooks, who helped incite that mob, expressed sympathy for the would-be bomber while inciting further violence.

“Although this terrorist’s motivation is not yet publicly known … generally speaking, I understand citizenry anger directed at dictatorial Socialism and its threat to liberty, freedom and the very fabric of American society,” Brooks said in a statement.

This is the kind of rhetoric that incites these very acts of violence. It is absolutely incorrect to label Democrats as “socialists.” Brooks likely doesn’t even know the meaning of the word. Rather than condemn this terrorist attack outright, Brooks sympathized with the perpetrator and seemed to welcome future attempts all while insisting that voting is the way to fight back even as he and his fellow Republicans continue to attack voting rights.

Democratic lawmakers blasted Brooks, as did Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), the only Republican with a spine.

By all rights, Brooks should be arrested and expelled from Congress for inciting insurrection in many citizen’s view. He is just as much a threat to our democracy as the domestic terrorists he sympathizes with, according to them.

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