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Lawmakers Condemn Mo Brooks Over Sympathetic Comments Toward Thwarted Capitol Bomber

Lawmakers Condemn Mo Brooks Over Sympathetic Comments Toward Thwarted Capitol Bomber

Democratic and Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives swiftly condemned Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) over provocative remarks that he released following the arrest of a man who threatened to detonate a bomb near the United States Capitol on Thursday.

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“I’m aware of the Capitol Bomb threat. I’m monitoring the situation. I am in Alabama. My Washington staff is accounted for and safe. I pray for the safety of the Capitol Police and first responders on the scene in Washington,” Brooks – who fluffed up the mob of insurrectionists that President Donald Trump would thereafter instruct to violently overthrow the 2020 election on January 6th – said in a statement.

“Sadly, violence and threats of violence targeting American political institutions are far too common. Although this terrorist’s motivation is not yet publicly known and generally speaking, I understand citizenry anger directed at dictatorial Socialism and its threat to liberty, freedom, and the very fabric of American society,” said Brooks. “The way to stop Socialism’s march is for patriotic Americans to fight back in the 2022 and 2024 elections. I strongly encourage patriotic Americans to do exactly that now more than ever before. Bluntly stated, America’s future is at risk.”

Almost immediately, Brooks’s comments sparked bipartisan ire among his congressional colleagues.

“It is astonishing that this needs to be said but no one who serves in Congress should be expressing public sympathy with the views of a terrorist who threatened to blow up the U.S. Capitol. I would have thought we could all at least agree on that,” Representative Don Beyer, Democrat from Virginia, wrote on Twitter.

California Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell minced no words.

“Tell us you stand with the terrorist without telling us you stand with the terrorist,” he replied in a tweet.

But the fiercest smackdown came from Representative Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, who issued an ultimatum for his party.

“The GOP has a decision to make. Are we going to be the party that keeps stoking sympathy for domestic terrorists and pushes out truth, or finally take a stand for truth,” Kinzinger tweeted. “I’ve made my decision, so has Mo. Now it’s up to GOP conference leadership to make theirs.”

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