Congressman Mo Brooks has refused to apologize for encouraging 'American patriots' to 'take down names and kick ass' moments before a MAGA mob stormed the US Capitol in a riot that left five dead.
Rep. Brooks of Alabama stood by his fiery words Friday claiming he was talking about a donkey when he told Wednesday's crowd at the president's rally to 'kick ass', saying he was making a reference to the Democratic party's mascot.
The Republican claimed he was trying to 'inspire patriotic Americans to not give up on our country and to fight back against anti-Christian socialists in the 2022 and 2024 elections.'
Brooks warmed up the crowd of Donald Trump supporters at the president's rally Wednesday telling them: 'Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.'
Soon after, an angry mob of pro-Trump rioters - among them white supremacists, QAnon fanatics and Proud Boys - violently broke into the Capitol building, fought with law enforcement, looted items including potentially sensitive information and smashed windows to enter the chambers and offices.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Some rioters appeared to follow Brooks' call to 'take down names', with the sign above House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office removed and destroyed in the siege.
Five people - including a Capitol police officer - died as a result of the riot.
Congressman Mo Brooks has refused to apologize for encouraging 'American patriots' to 'take down names and kick ass' moments before a MAGA mob stormed the US Capitol in a riot that left five dead. Brooks at the rally
Brooks, a Republican from Huntsville, refused to acknowledge his part in the violence or apologize for the carnage telling AL.com he will 'make no apology'.
'I make no apology for doing my absolute best to inspire patriotic Americans to not give up on our country and to fight back against anti-Christian socialists in the 2022 and 2024 elections,' he told the outlet.
'I encourage EVERY citizen to watch my entire rally speech and decide for themselves what kind of America they want: One based on freedom and liberty or one based on Godless dictatorial power.'
The congressman also made the baffling claim about his use of the word 'ass'.
'For emphasis, an 'ass' is a donkey, the socialist Democrat's mascot and symbol,' Brooks said.
'I call again for kicking that 'ass' all the way back to the communist dictatorships that 'ass' now worships.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Despite reinforcing his encouragement to 'kick ass', Brooks told AL.com his speech did not incite violence, claiming he was encouraging 'fighting' by voting in future elections.
'The radical left's absurd claim that I called for violence is pure bunk,' Brooks said.
'I called for exercise of freedom of protest at the Capitol and for fighting for our cause at the ballot box in the 2022 and 2024.'
He said he condemned Wednesday's violence on Capitol Hill ad was calling for the 'aggressive prosecution' of all involved 'regardless of their political persuasion.'
'Peaceful protest is an American's Constitutional right. Violence is not,' he said.
An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while Trump supporters gather in front of the Capitol on Wednesday
He also continued to push unfounded claims of mass voter fraud - even after the Electoral College votes were certified for Biden.
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