Mo Brooks

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Mo Brooks (1954–) is a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Alabama, member of the Freedom Caucus, and stereotypical right wing blabbermouth aboard the Trump clown car.

On the issues[edit]

Abortion[edit]

Brooks, like most Republicans, is not a fan of a woman's right to choose. Indeed, he even tried to kill Planned Parenthood back in 2011 before killing Planned Parenthood was cool by voting for the Abortion Provider Prohibition Act.[1]

Global warming[edit]

Shockingly, Brooks is a passenger on the Global Warming Denying Wingnut Train™. During a May 2018 hearing of the House Science, Space, and Technology Commitee, Brooks not only brought out the tired denialist claim that the Antarctic ice cap is actually growing, he proclaimed that rising sea levels are caused by rocks falling into the sea from melting glaciers. "Now you have got less space in those oceans because the bottom is moving up", he explained.[2]

Taxes[edit]

Pledged not to raise the tax rate period.[3] Later pledged specifically not to agree to any climate-related proposals resulting in a net increase in government revenue.[4]

Immigration[edit]

"Illegal aliens give America drug-resistant tuberculosis and other diseases that threaten all of us."
—Mo Brooks[5]

In 2010, Brooks said he wanted to get "federal government out of the way of state and local governments that want to solve the problem." Irony meter test: he now wants to put the fed in the way of cities that try to actually solve the problem.[6] He also thinks immigration reform is part of a "war on whites." That is an actual quotation.[7] In 2015, he blamed immigrants from Mexico, with its 99% measles vaccination rate, for an outbreak of measles in the US.[8]

2021 U.S. Capitol riot[edit]

See the main article on this topic: 2021 U.S. Capitol riot

On January 6 2021, Brooks helped to incite a mob to attack the US Capitol building in order to overturn Trump's 2020 election loss, stating that "today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass".[9] After the riots resulted in numerous arrests and the death of five people, Brooks backtracked, first falsely claiming that Antifa did it, and then claimed that "ass" simply referred to a donkey.[10]

One week after Brooks took part in instigating the Capitol insurrection, the US Air Force announced that the United States Space Command, the US military's organization for coordinating space-related missions, was moving from Colorado Springs, Colorado, to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, conveniently situated in Brooks' congressional district.[11] This action immediately sparked rumors of a Trumpian quid pro quo.[12]

References[edit]

  1. H.R.217 - Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. United States Congress, 112th Congress (2011-2012).
  2. Ben Jacobs, Republican congressman explains sea-level rise: it's rocks falling into the sea. The Guardian, 17 May 2018.
  3. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers, 112th Congressional List. Americans for Tax Reform.
  4. Americans for Prosperity Applauds U.S. House Candidate Mo Brooks. Archived from the original at Americans for Prosperity, 16 February 2000.
  5. Illegal Aliens. Archived from the original at Mo Brooks for Congress, 2011.
  6. H.R.3009 - Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act. United States Congress, 114th Congress (2015-2016).
  7. Jonathan Capehart, Rep. Mo Brooks talks ‘war on whites’ as the GOP loses the battle for votes. The Washington Post, 4 August 2014.
  8. Leada Gore, Congressman claims 'illegal immigrants' bringing diseases to U.S. al.com, 3 February 2015.
  9. Melissa Brown, Kirsten Fiscus, and Brian Lyman, 'A very dark day': Alabama's congressional delegation condemns riot at U.S. Capitol. Montgomery Advertiser, 6 January 2021.
  10. Paul Gattis, Mo Brooks on ‘kick ass’ speech: ‘I make no apology’ for inspiring patriotic Americans. al.com, 8 January 2021.
  11. Kim Chandler, US Space Command site to be located in Huntsville, Alabama. ABC News, 13 January 2021.
  12. Diane McWhorter, Why Is Space Command Moving Into Mo Brooks’s Backyard? The New York Times, 10 March 2021.