The statement quickly drew sharp criticism of Brooks, who voted to overturn President Joe Biden’s election and faces a trial from Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell of California, who accuses him of helping to incite the murderous invasion of the Capitol on January 6.
“Tell us you’re on the terrorist’s side without telling us you’re on the terrorist’s side,” Swalwell wrote on Twitter in response to Brooks’ statement.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, called Brooks’ statement “evil” in a Twitter post. Kinzinger was one of a handful of Republicans voting for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump following the Capitol invasion.
Bomb threat suspect Floyd Ray Roseberry, 49, surrendered and was arrested by police after a long standoff outside the Library of Congress, where he claimed he had explosives in his truck.
In social media videos posted to Facebook, Roseberry repeatedly referred to a “revolution” and called on Biden to send someone to speak to him.
Brooks said in his statement that “although the motivation of this terrorist is not yet known to the public … generally speaking, I understand the anger of the citizens directed against dictatorial socialism and its threat to liberty, liberty and the fabric. even of American society ”.
He added that the way to stop socialism is for “Patriotic Americans to fight” in future election cycles.
“I strongly encourage American patriots to do just that more than ever. Quite frankly, America’s future is in danger, ”the Brooks statement said.
Brooks, a member of the Alabama House since 2011 and a candidate for the Senate, had plotted in late 2020 with Trump on how to overturn Biden’s Electoral College victory.
On January 6, when Congress was scheduled to meet on Capitol Hill to confirm Biden’s victory, Brooks spoke nearby at a rally hosted by Trump, which called on Republicans to reject the election results.
Brooks at the “Stop the Steal” rally told crowds of Trump supporters to “start taking names and kicking ass.” Trump in his own speech told the crowd to march to Capitol Hill, “If you don’t fight like hell, you won’t have a country,” he said.
Shortly after Congress convened to confirm Biden’s victory, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, derailing proceedings and forcing lawmakers to flee their chambers and go into hiding. More than 500 arrests have since been made in connection with the Capitol riot.
In March, Swalwell filed a civil lawsuit against Brooks and Trump, as well as Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, accusing them of being “fully responsible for the injuries and destruction” caused by the mob.
Brooks has asked a judge to have him fired as a defendant in this trial, claiming in part that his speech at the January 6 rally was given as part of his work as a congressman.
The bomb threat on Thursday forced the evacuation of the Library of Congress, as well as the Supreme Court, the Cannon House Office Building and the offices of the Republican National Committee. Congress was on vacation, so fewer people were on the Hill.
Police negotiators began communicating with Roseberry and snipers took up positions in the area surrounding the truck. He eventually got out of his van, which was parked on the sidewalk in front of the government building, and surrendered without resistance, police said.
United States Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said Roseberry was apparently grappling with the recent losses of his family members, as well as “other issues he was facing.”