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Mo Brooks calls Capitol rioters 'fools'

Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksDemocrat moves to censure three Republicans for downplaying Jan. 6 Republicans embrace Trump in effort to reclaim Senate Democrats warn Waters censure move opens floodgates MORE (R-Ala.) called the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 “fools,” and said they harmed the Republican Party.

Brooks made the comments in an interview with local news outlet AL.com that was published Friday. They come after Brooks launched his Senate bid last Monday to replace Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyBiden officials testify that white supremacists are greatest domestic security threat Republicans embrace Trump in effort to reclaim Senate Top Senate Democrat announces return of earmarks MORE (R-Ala.), who will be retiring at the end of his term.

“We were going to have a debate on the House and Senate floors about voter fraud and election theft and that message, those facts, did not get out through the news media,” he told AL.com. “The news media was absorbed by the attack on the United States Capitol.”

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“So that whole day we were working months toward was just blown to pieces by those fools who attacked the United States Capitol,” he said.

Brooks was the first to announce that he would object to President BidenJoe BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks MORE’s Electoral College victory in several key swing states, which later gained the support of a majority of House Republicans and several GOP senators. 

However, a number of senators backed off their objections after the riot forced Congress to delay the certification for hours.

Brooks also told the news outlet that the rioters “did more to hurt the Republican Party and our efforts for honest and accurate elections than anybody could have, even those who would’ve followed a script written by the Democratic Party.”

It’s not the first time that Brooks has slammed the rioters for delaying the certification of the Electoral College votes.

One week after the riots, the Alabama Republican said in a floor speech that the rioters “did a great disservice to our cause and America,” and blamed them for “destroy[ing] two months of debate and work.”

Rep. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiWashington's split with Turkey widens — but it is up to Turkey to heal the rift Democrats warn Waters censure move opens floodgates Overnight Defense: Top Pentagon nominee advances after Harris casts tie-breaker | Air Force general charged with sexual assault first to face court-martial | House passes bill to limit Saudi arms sales MORE (D-N.J.) introduced a censure resolution against Brooks for inciting the riot over the speech he gave at the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the breach.