Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) “cheered” the Jan. 6 revolt on the U.S. Capitol final 12 months as his fellow lawmakers feared for his or her lives, mentioned a former aide to Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
Brooks had urged on then-President Donald Trump’s supporters at a Nationwide Mall rally simply earlier than they stormed the Capitol, telling them to be able to make a “blood” sacrifice, simply as Individuals did through the Revolution. He additionally informed them to march on the Capitol and mentioned it was time “patriots begin taking down names and kicking ass.” He was wearing body armor at the time.
Later, when a pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol, lawmakers on the Home flooring had been “fearful for his or her lives. Republican members … males crying within the cloakroom for his or her security,” former McCarthy aide Ryan O’Toole informed Jake Tapper on Thursday on CNN.
“As we escaped the chamber — to what gave the impression of gunshots — to the safe location, I believe folks had been nonetheless scared … and unsure what was occurring,” added O’Toole, who’s now deputy coverage director for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), vice chair of the Home choose committee investigating the riot.
Not everybody had the identical angle, O’Toole famous.
“Mo Brooks, for instance, was glad,” he added. “He was cheering on the truth that the 117th Congress began this manner. That was a lot to the dismay of others within the room.”
Brooks denied in an announcement to Alabama Political Reporter that he was cheering the attack.
He informed AL.com that O’Toole’s account was “total bovine excrement” and urged it was supposed to hurt his marketing campaign for Senate this 12 months. He added that O’Toole’s swap to Cheney’s workers “says so much about why he lied.” Cheney has been criticized by fellow Republicans for not shopping for in to Trump’s lies concerning the 2020 election being stolen from him and for chastising the previous president for inciting the mob assault final 12 months based mostly on these lies.
O’Toole informed Tapper he modified employers as a result of he needed to work for somebody who’s “loyal to the Structure.” He mentioned McCarthy’s management “technique is dictated by essentially the most excessive wings of the get together.”
Brooks additionally emphasised in a message to AL.com that he has beforehand known as for prosecuting anybody concerned within the revolt who “violated the regulation.”
Ali Alexander, the important thing determine behind the Jan. 6 Cease the Steal rally, has mentioned Brooks was one of three Republican congressmen who helped him plan the rally — which Brooks has denied. Alexander testified before the House select committee final month.
Take a look at O’Toole’s full interview within the video clip up prime. He talks about worry on the Home flooring on Jan. 6 and Brooks’ “cheering” at 1:55. Brooks’ speech on the rally earlier than the revolt will be seen beneath: