New Jersey Congressman Tom Malinowski and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz have officially moved to censor U.S. Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama for comments made in a pro-Trump rally hours before a group broke into the nation’s capital. Malinowski and Schultz maintain that Brooks’ remarks that it was time to “start taking names and kicking ass” were designed to stir up the crowd and bring harm to his fellow congresspersons.
What Is Mo Brooks Accused of Doing?
The document says that Brooks knew members of the Proud Boys, QAnon, Boogaloo Boys, and Oath Keepers were in the crowd when he made his incendiary comments. After accusing him of inciting the crowd that entered the Capitol building, they charge that Brooks showed no remorse for his actions.
The resolution maintains that Brooks said, “I make no apology for doing my absolute best to inspire patriotic Americans.”
Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas
Schultz also wants to see Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas censored. She maintains that Gohmert’s comments on Newsmax on January 1 that it was time to take to the streets after a judge dismissed a lawsuit designed to overturn the election results were incendiary. Schultz maintains that the censorship should not be viewed as a political theater act but instead be used to point out that legislators cannot act in the public’s best interests if they are being threatened with being overrun. Gohmert maintains that he did not intend to incite anyone with his comments.
Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida
Other legislators have suggested that Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida could also be censored. Some legislators are particularly angry at Gaetz for suggesting that Antifa was responsible for infiltrating Trump supporters and responsible for the attack.
Members who are officially censored still maintain their office. Official censorship requires a simple majority vote of that legislator’s body. If approved, the member must stand in front of the speaker or the vice president while they read the charges.