Resolution Brought By House Democrats To Censure Rep. Mo Brooks

By  | January 12, 2021 | Filed under: News

WASHINGTON, DC-On Monday, January 11 Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Al) was saddled with a resolution that would censure him for his part in allegedly inciting a mob that ransacked the U.S. Capitol.  This insurrection took place in an attempt to stop lawmakers from ratifying President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win.

The resolution was brought to the floor by Democratic Reps. Tom Malinowski (N.J.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.).  The resolution states that Brooks’s address before a rally of President Trump‘s supporters in front of the White House “encouraged and incited violence against his fellow Members of Congress, as part of an assault on the United States Capitol.”

During his speech before the rally last Wednesday…hours before the mob marched from the White House to the Capitol…Brooks said that “today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.”

“Because today, Republican senators and congressmen have a simple choice. Today, Republican senators and congressmen will either vote to turn America into a godless, amoral, dictatorial, oppressed and socialist nation on the decline or they will join us or they will fight and vote against voter fraud and election theft and vote for keeping America great,” Brooks said.

Brooks was the first GOP lawmaker to announce in December that he would challenge the Electoral College results when Congress convened in a joint session on Jan. 6 to formally certify Biden’s victory over Trump.

Malinowski said in a statement on Monday that Brooks “encouraged the mob” that endangered the lives of lawmakers, Vice President Pence, police officers, staff and others in the Capitol, while Wasserman Schultz said that Brooks helped to “fuel an insurrection against the body he serves in.”

“Censure seems too trifling a punishment in this horrific case, but it’s the minimal level of accountability Congressman Brooks should face from the same Congress he goaded rioters to assault,” Wasserman Schultz added.

“It never occurred to me anyone would engage in violence as a result of my speech or any others. I wanted people to go to protests. I saw what happened was horrible for the American public,” Brooks told a local Alabama TV outlet.

Five people died from the attack, including a Capitol Police officer. One rioter was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer while coming close to breaching the House chamber where lawmakers, staff and reporters were still inside and had not yet been evacuated.

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