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Opinion: January 6 rioters followed Trump’s blueprint

When Congressman Mo Brooks attended Donald Trump’s “Save America Rally” at the Ellipse Wednesday, January 6 — the day Trump loyalists attacked the US Capitol and tried to overturn the 2020 election — the Alabama Republican’s big punchline was, “Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.” Faced, now, with a lawsuit alleging that he incited the violence that ensued, Brooks claimed he never advocated for violence. And he has said that his comment about “kicking ass” was about the 2022 and 2024 elections.

When Congressman Mo Brooks attended Donald Trump’s “Save America Rally” at the Ellipse Wednesday, January 6 — the day Trump loyalists attacked the US Capitol and tried to overturn the 2020 election — the Alabama Republican’s big punchline was, “Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.” Faced, now, with a lawsuit alleging that he incited the violence that ensued, Brooks claimed he never advocated for violence. And he has said that his comment about “kicking ass” was about the 2022 and 2024 elections.

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