Apparently worried for his protection, Rep. Mo Brooks was wearing body armour when he addressed Donald Trump fans at his Jan 6 speech just before the violence at the Capitol, according to a source.
The Huntsville Republican representative told Slate that when he was informed of the ‘risks’ that led to the protest, he chose to wear the Armor.
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“I was warned on [Jan. 4] that there might be risks associated with the next few days. And as a consequence of those warnings, I did not go to my condo. Instead, I slept on the floor of my office. And when I gave my speech at the Ellipse, I was wearing body armor,” Brooks said, who is being sued by Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell of California in connection with his speech.
“That’s why I was wearing that nice little windbreaker. To cover up the body armor.”
The congressman, who was running to replace retiring Sen. Richard Shelby in 2022, told Slate there were a “half-dozen different motivations that affected people in varying degrees” for storming the Capitol, naming “financial losses suffered because of the government’s reaction to COVID-19,” “the belief that there was significant voter fraud and election theft activity,” or “a great love and respect for President Trump. … It might be … that some of them were just militant anarchists and saw this as an opportunity to infiltrate an otherwise peaceful protest and turn it into a riot.”
Some Democrats have blamed Brooks for igniting tensions in his Jan. 6 speech, where he called on Trump supporters to “start taking names and kicking a–.”
Brooks said that he did not allude to physical violence, but to Democrats.
“For emphasis, an ‘ass’ is a donkey, the socialist Democrat’s mascot and symbol,” the congressman told AL.com a few days after the riot. “I call again for kicking that ‘ass’ all the way back to the communist dictatorships that ‘ass’ now worships.”