The startling remark was part of a statement Books issued after police took Floyd Ray Roseberry of North Carolina into custody after he allegedly threatened to detonate an explosive device in his truck, which was parked outside the Library of Congress. The threat forced people in several nearby buildings and homes to evacuate.Â
Brooks said of the terrifying situation: â€œAlthough this terroristâ€™s motivation is not yet publicly known … generally speaking, I understand citizenry anger directed at dictatorial Socialism and its threat to liberty, freedom and the very fabric of American society.â€
Presumably, Brooks was baselessly characterizing the U.S. as a socialist nation.
The lawmaker also barely condemned the violent plot, describing it only as sad and too common.Â
â€œSadly, violence and threats of violence targeting Americaâ€™s political institutions are far too common,â€ Brooks wrote before he urged â€œpatriotic Americasâ€ to â€œfight backâ€ by voting.Â
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) blasted Brooksâ€™ statement on Twitter as â€œevil.â€ He said in a follow-up tweet that the Republican Party has to decide between â€œstoking sympathy for domestic terroristsâ€ or taking â€œa stand for truth.â€
The Republican lawmaker added: â€œIâ€™ve made my decision, and so has Mo.â€
â€œIt is astonishing that this needs to be said,â€ Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) angrily tweeted, â€œbut 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.â€
He added in another tweet:Â â€œWhat bothers so many of my House Democratic colleagues about this tweet is that we know if Rep. Mo Brooks wasnâ€™t in Congress on January 6 he would have been on the other side of the chamber with the violent mob.â€
Swalwell filed a lawsuit earlier this year accusing Brooks â€” along with former President Donald TrumpÂ and Trumpâ€™s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani â€” of â€œinciting an attack against the Capitol that terrorized lawmakers and prevented us from certifying the votes of the American peopleâ€ on Jan. 6. The Department of Justice has stated it will not defend Brooks against the suit.
Brooks â€” who was wearing body armor on Jan. 6 after being warned that there could be violenceÂ that day â€” nevertheless urged Trump supporters in a speech to start â€œkicking ass.â€ He told the crowd that their â€œancestorsâ€ sacrificed their â€œbloodâ€ and even â€œlivesâ€ and asked if they were â€œwilling to do the same.â€
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