Reps. Tom Malinowski (NJ-7) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) introduced a resolution censuring GOP Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-5) for inciting violence against his fellow members of Congress as part of last week’s assault on the United States Capitol.
The attack on Capitol Hill was part of an attempted coup d’état intended to prevent the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate from discharging their duties to certify a count of electoral college votes in the 2020 presidential election.
On January 6th, 2021, in Washington, DC, Brooks addressed the crowd that would soon try to seize the Capitol, which was attended by numerous members of known extremist and anti-government groups.
After denouncing members of Congress of both parties who were planning to certify the presidential election, he urged participants to “start taking down names and kicking ass.”
The rioters then marched to the Capitol, where they forcibly and unlawfully entered while armed with metal rods, bats, and firearms, hoisting Confederate battle flags, assaulting police officers.
The insurrection resulted in the murder of United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick and five other deaths, dozens of injuries, and causing physical damage to U.S. Capitol property.
After inciting these acts of insurrection that resulted in injuries and loss of life, Brooks stated: “I make no apology for doing my absolute best to inspire patriotic Americans.”
“Representative Brooks knew perfectly well what he was doing — and whom he was inciting — when he encouraged the mob set on storming the Capitol to commit violence on Wednesday,” said Malinowski. “His actions endangered the lives of his fellow members of Congress, the Vice President, and the police officers who bravely tried to defend the Capitol, and he deserves at the very least the formal condemnation of the House.”
“Congressman Mo Brooks aided President Trump in inciting an angry mob of rioters to attack our cradle of democracy by urging a fuming crowd galvanized on lies to ‘stop by the Capitol’ and start ‘kicking ass.’ Not only did Congressman Brooks’ fuel an insurrection against the body he serves in, his words helped spark chaos, destruction, injuries and death,” said Schultz. “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.”
Find the text of the Resolution here.
Brooks has made the outlandish assertion that 1.72 million immigrants voted illegally in the 2020 elections, but Democrat Joe Biden captured the presidency with the greatest percentage
In four of these nine elections, the winner failed to receive a simple majority of the popular vote; in two, the Electoral College winner did not receive even a plurality.
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