As Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) Sees it, he spent two months working tirelessly on a political message that would sow suspicion of the country’s presidential election – then pro insurgents. -Trump stormed the US Capitol and ruined all his hard work. job.
Brooks says he ‘will never apologize’ for giving a speech at President Donald Trump’s National Mall rally that turned into a fatal attack on the Capitol, though Brooks is now facing censor in the House for inciting violence that day.
The Alabama congressman had been at the forefront of the post-election campaign among Trump allies to delegitimize the election results. In December, he held a meeting with Trump and President Rudy Giuliani’s personal lawyer to plan ways to challenge election results in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada – all states that Democrat Joe Biden won.
“As one of America’s most successful Conservative leaders, I defend my honor and reputation against the scurrilal, George Orwellian, 1984, Socialist Democrats Politics of Personal Destruction, ”Brooks wrote in a never-ending statement Tuesday, in which he both defended his work by pushing baseless voter fraud conspiracies and berating those who believed in these conspiracy theories for attempting to take over the U.S. Capitol.
The rioters “destroyed two months of debate and work,” Brooks wrote of his efforts to discredit Biden’s victory and attempt to overturn the election results.
Brook’s statement perfectly captures the refusal of Republican lawmakers to accept responsibility for last Wednesday’s attempted insurgency. For months, leading Republican lawmakers refused to publicly accept Biden’s presidential victory and instead raised debunked allegations of voter fraud.
After the attack on Capitol Hill, several Republican lawmakers who had spent weeks questioning the legitimacy of the election said their intention was never to overturn the results, but only to spark a debate on election security. Many of those same Republican lawmakers had previously resisted funding for election security efforts and blocked legislation requiring voting machines to have back-up paper ballots.
Trump and his allies have filed more than 50 lawsuits trying to overturn election results in a handful of states. Almost all the lawsuits were dismissed or dropped for lack of evidence or merit. There was no evidence of widespread fraud in the November presidential election.
Two Democrats, Reps Tom Malinowski of New Jersey and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, introduced a censure resolution against Brooks, citing excerpts from his speech to Trump rallies.
“Representative Mo Brooks spoke at a rally in Washington, DC, attended by many members of known extremist and anti-government groups, including the Proud Boys, QAnon, Boogaloo Boys and Oathkeepers, who were reportedly marching soon after to capture from the United States Capitol, ”the resolution states.
At the rally, Brooks, who said he was asked to speak at the last minute and decided to give an old political speech, told the crowd: “Today is the day American patriots start to taking names and kicking.
The violent insurgency on Capitol Hill left five people dead, including a US Capitol police officer. Republican lawmakers have consistently voted overwhelmingly to block certification of election results after the violence subsided and they were allowed to return to Capitol Hill.
Brooks’ statement on Tuesday went on to justify his rallying speech and “work” of delegitimizing election results with an attestation of his own “square” character – and therefore, by its logic, unable to inspire a violent uprising.
“I have never smoked tobacco. I don’t drink alcohol. I have never taken illegal drugs. I have never been accused or convicted of any felonies or misdemeanors. In half a century of driving, I have never had a DUI, reckless driving ticket, or even a speeding ticket. I once misjudged a traffic light and got a ticket, but that’s it. I have never had a vehicle wreck in which someone claimed I was at fault.
Interestingly, Brooks, who endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president in 2016, was once very critical of Trump, calling him serial adultery and a “notorious flip-flopper.” . Four years later, he risks being publicly reprimanded for his defense of Trump’s presidency.
Brooks ended his statement by quoting Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. 1963 “Letter from a Birmingham Prison”, in which King writes, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Injustice, according to Brooks, is the censorship resolution he faces after encouraging Trump supporters to fight the results of a fair election.
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