Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who recently announced an offer for the Senate, calls the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol “fools” after praising those who came up during a rally the ellipse had appeared before the Capitol was violated “American Patriots.”
“The whole day we worked for months was torn to pieces by the fools who attacked the United States Capitol,” Brooks told AL.com in an interview published Saturday, criticizing the Capitol’s rioters Violating the Capitol Complex, suggesting it did damage the Republican Party’s efforts to ensure honest and fair elections.
Efforts to punish Capitol rioters for violence come according to Brooks in a January 6 comment on The Ellipse asking if those who attended Trump’s rally prior to the Capitol attack were ready to to give their lives for their country.
The Alabama lawmaker, who was a fierce defender of Trump and was part of a group of House Republicans who said they would support a challenge for the final certification of electoral college votes for Biden in some states.
“Today is the day American patriots start jotting down names and kicking their asses,” Brooks said on January 6th on the Ellipse.
He later added, “Our ancestors sacrificed their blood, sweat, tears, wealth, and sometimes their lives to give us, their descendants, an America that is the greatest nation in world history. So I have a question for you: are you ready to do the same? “
Brooks was quick to issue a statement condemning the violence following the January riot and appeared to be whistling a different tune on Friday. He warned against violent protest and condemned the violence of all “political beliefs” during the AL.com interview.
“Anyone who practices violence regardless of political beliefs should be prosecuted in order to minimize the civil unrest, vandalism and arson that these criminals cause under the guise of protest. It is a first adjustment right, freedom of speech, to protest. It is an initial adjustment right to file a complaint with your government for redress, ”Brooks said. “But that limit is exceeded when you behave violently. People who behave violently and abuse their first adjustment rights should be prosecuted across the board. “
Brooks has repeatedly denied that his own rhetoric leading to the attack on the Capitol had advocated violence.
“Anyone with a brain bigger than a pea knew I wasn’t an advocate of violence,” Brooks told reporters on Wednesday.
Brooks’ interview comments on Friday follow an effort by President Donald Trump to introduce the wildly bogus claim during a Fox News interview Thursday night that some of his followers were merely “hugging and kissing the police” than they were before violated the Capitol this year.
During the Friday interview, Brooks also seemed to get into a rewrite of the story. He downplayed the game of chess to challenge the vote of the electoral college during the joint Congressional session on Jan. 6, suggesting that he had hoped the anti-democratic effort would simply be a healthy dose of debate.
“We wanted to have a debate in the House and Senate about election fraud and election theft, and that message, these facts, did not get through the news media,” Brooks said.
Brooks also tweeted criticism of the AL.com interview on Saturday for appearing to have misrepresented his stance on allegations of election fraud.
He accused the publication of inserting the words “unfounded” or “unproven” in relation to his comments on allegations of fraud in the 2020 presidential election when he actually stood by the evidence-free claims.
“The election fraud and illegal voting in 2020 were real and massive. Sigh, ”he wrote.