Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Alabama), one of the first members of Congress to publicly come out in support of challenging the certification of Electoral College results in Congress on Jan 6 based on Donald Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud, is now calling the mob of Trump supporters that stormed the Capitol “fools” as he launches a bid for an open US Senate seat in Alabama.
“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,” Brooks told Al.com on Friday. “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,” Brooks added.
Brooks was the first member of Congress to announce that he would challenge the certification of election results on Jan. 6, even after the courts tossed out every legal challenge to overturn the election brought by Trump and his allies in states across the country.
Before he tried to overturn democracy though, Brooks gave a fiery speech to the mob on the Ellipse near the White House at the ‘Save America’ rally that preceded the insurrection. He told the crowd, “today is the day that American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.”
His speech led to two democratic members of Congress, Representatives Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of (D-Florida) introducing a resolution to censure him.
Brooks also told Al.com that he has not been questioned by an investigator related to his role ahead of the riot.
Brooks, who currently represents Alabama’s 5th congressional district launched a bid to fill an open seat in the United States Senate since Sen. Richard Shelby will not be running for re-election next year. He’s one of two candidate to announce a bid for the seat so far, the other is Lynda Blanchard, the former U.S. ambassador to Slovenia under Donald Trump.