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After calling to ‘take down names and kick ass,’ Mo Brooks condemns violence at U.S. Capitol

After calling to ‘take down names and kick ass,’ Mo Brooks condemns violence at U.S. Capitol

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Tommy Tuberville election night watch party

Mo Brooks speaks during the Tommy Tuberville election night watch party in Montgomery on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

After protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol, Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville condemned the violence on Wednesday evening, calling it “despicable” and “un-American.”

Brooks earlier in the day encouraged dissent toward the certification of the Electoral College vote at the Capitol.

He spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C., echoing President Donald Trump’s denial of the November election results.

“Today’s the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass,” Brooks said then. He also suggested on Twitter that the protestors could have been “ANTIFA fascists in backward MAGA hats.”

Later he said: “The scenes of United States Capitol Police being violently attacked and mobs occupying the American seat of government are highly disturbing. I always condemn lawlessness and violence of any kind and in the strongest terms.”

Brooks said in his statement he hopes the “thugs” involved in the protest are prosecuted to “the fullest extent of the law.”

Brooks was elected as a U.S. Representative of Alabama’s 5th District in 2011 and represents the city of Huntsville and North Alabama. He previously ran for the U.S. Senate in 2017 but finished third in the Republican primaries behind Roy Moore and Luther Strange.

Despite disagreeing with the violent mob in his evening statement, the Alabama Republican reiterated that he thinks the election was stolen from Trump and again echoed calls to deny the validity of the presidential election results.

“While our election system has major, systemic flaws that Socialist Democrats egregiously exploited in 2020, that election system is still far and away the best place to change the destiny and direction of America,” Brooks said in his statement.


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