U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks continued to raise his concerns Saturday about election security surrounding the 2020 election during his first swing to coastal Alabama since announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Monday.
He also took swipes at the Democratic-backed voting reforms in the “For the People Act,” raised concerns about an Iowa congressional election outcome being reversed by House Democrats, and praised Georgia state lawmakers for passing their latest election-related law that President Joe Biden referred to on Friday as “Jim Crow in the 21st Century.”
Brooks continued to label the Democratic Party “socialists” repeatedly and warned of dire days ahead if Republicans do not reclaim majorities in the House and Senate in 2022.
But he stopped short of agreeing with attendees – some of whom were wearing T-shirts and hats supportive of former President Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential candidacy – that the country was “sinking into a Communist nation” and that people were “losing faith” in the country.
“I’m not ready to give up on our republic,” said Brooks, congressman for Alabama’s 5th district in North Alabama. “I believe that we need to double our efforts in the election process.”
Brooks said that Democrats, in the 2020 elections, outspent the Republicans and were “highly motivated” with volunteering during the campaigns.
“One of the things that the opposition wants to do is depress us,” Brooks said. “A lot of our people are despondent from voter fraud, election theft. We have a choice. We can either fight and beat them at the ballot box or surrender. I want us to fight. Don’t get depressed. Get angry. Do what is necessary to win these elections in the state of Alabama in other states across the union.”
Brooks spoke for approximately 45 minutes and followed up with a 25-minute question-and-answer session during a tea party rally tagged, “Stand Up, Alabama!” Brooks was the keynote speaker.
It was held outside in a public park in Spanish Fort and culminated a weekend of activity in the south end of the state for the congressman who hopes to improve upon past elections in regions far from his Huntsville home base.
In his last statewide campaign, the GOP primary for the 2017 special Senate election, Brooks placed third overall but finished a distant fourth in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
Brooks also struggled in the Wiregrass area, but he has said in recent days that his name ID has been elevated in the past four years and that he considers himself the early frontrunner in the 2022 Senate campaign. Thus far, only Brooks and Lynda Blanchard, the former U.S. ambassador to Slovenia under Trump, have announced their candidacy.
“I know I’m early,” Brooks said about his campaign announcement, 14 months before the May 24, 2022 Republican primary. “You got to get out early nowadays.”
That name ID was especially raised on Jan. 6, when Brooks took the Ellipse near the White House and delivered a fiery speech before a mob of pro-Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol.
Brooks faces a censure resolution in the U.S. House for his participation in the rally before the Capitol insurrection, and Democrats have claimed that he helped incite violence that day. Brooks has not apologized for the contents of his speech and has accused the national media for taking his words out of context.
For months, TV programs have replayed Brooks’ comment of wanting “American patriots” to start “taking down names and kicking ass.” He has since said that his comments were meant to serve as a rallying cry for the 2022 and 2024 elections.
Brooks, an attorney and former prosecutor in Madison County, was the first member in the U.S. House to publicly say in December he would challenge the 2020 election results on Jan. 6, during the electoral college vote certification in Congress. He has since cited unproven allegations of widespread voter fraud that he and other Republicans have said could have overturned the election result.
During an interview with AL.com on Friday, he called the Capitol rioters “fools” who wrecked efforts by Republicans in Congress to have a debate over the 2020 election. He also accused the rioters for doing more to hurt the Republican Party than the Democrats.
He only made a passing reference to the riot during Saturday’s remarks.
“In my judgment, this was the most voter fraud and the most illegal votes cast in the United States,” Brooks said. “Unfortunately, what happened on January 6 with the attack on the Capitol diverted public attention from what would have been an excellent House and Senate floor debate where we itemized our grievances that were allowed to itemize under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
Outside of the election, Brooks blasted the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act for including $5 billion that would benefit historically disenfranchised farmers. Around a quarter of the disadvantaged farmers are Black and the funds would go toward grants, debt relief, education, training, etc., according to The Washington Post.
Brooks called the $5 billion an “especially repugnant” portion of the COVID-19 relief bill, and called on it to be challenged in federal court.
“Are you aware of who can and cannot apply for that assistance?” Brooks said. “African American farmers can apply. Asian American farmers can apply. Native American farmers can apply. But white farmers are barred from that kind of assistance in that $5 billion that is going to be handed out.”
He added, “Racism, by anyone against any race or ethnicity, is wrong. We fought a Civil War over that. The 13th and 14th Amendments combined were passed because of that with the 14th Amendment having an equal protection clause. Now the socialist Democrats are engaged in a virulent strain of racial division to divide based on skin pigmentation and that’s wrong. In my judgment, it’s a violation of the equal protection clause. I hope someone will challenge that in court because unless our Supreme Court has gone crazy left, that’s unconstitutional.”
Brooks also echoed other Republican lawmakers in Congress in pushing for the closure of Confucius institutes, including those at Troy University and at Alabama A&M University. The State Department, under Trump, classified the Washington, D.C.-based Confucius Institute U.S. Center (CIUS) a “foreign mission” of the Chinese government. It also accused the institute as serving as an entity to advance Beijing’s global propaganda in the U.S.
“If they are such a good thing, why won’t Communist China allow us to have American institutes over in China?” Brooks said. “I would love to have an institute of George Washington or Thomas Jefferson over there. But they won’t allow it. There ought to be some reciprocity or none at all.”