WASHINGTON — Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, isn’t giving up on his claim that Donald Trump was elected president last year.
“Somewhere in the neighborhood of 900,000 to 1.7 million non-citizens voted in the 2020 presidential election, overwhelmingly for Joe Biden,” Brooks told the Washington Examiner this week.
He said former President Trump won “if only lawful votes cast by eligible American citizens were counted.”
The Examiner noted that Brooks didn’t provide any backing information for his claims, which have been rejected by the departments of Justice and Homeland Security, the FBI and numerous courts and elected officials.
This isn’t the first time Brooks has made the claim. In March, he joined as a signer on a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, asking her to certify a Republican congressional win in Iowa. While the letter didn’t touch on the larger 2020 election, Brooks put out a statement that did.
“Seemingly emboldened by their successful 2020 election theft efforts, all done under cover from and supported by the Fake News Media, House Speaker Pelosi and power hungry Socialist Democrats are openly seeking to steal Iowa’s Second District Congressional seat from Iowa voters and duly elected Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks,” the statement said.
“It is abundantly clear that Nancy Pelosi and Socialist Democrats are hell-bent on undermining American election integrity if it helps satisfy their craven lust for political power.”
Also this week, Brooks retweeted a story from the New York Post that included a photo of protesters against Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to Guatemala, holding a banner saying, “Kamala, TRUMP WON.”
Brooks’ connections to events surrounding the insurrection on Jan. 6 are likely to continue in the near future. His words and actions on Jan. 6 landed him as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California, along with Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Rudolph Giuliani. The suit alleges, in part, that “Brooks addressed the crowd at this event and directly incited the violence at the Capitol that followed.”
The mere act of serving a summons for the lawsuit led to drama in Washington and Alabama, as Swalwell said Brooks avoided the summons, finally delivered earlier this week by a process server to Brooks’ Alabama home.
Brooks, in turn, says he hadn’t been hiding and that the server illegally entered his garage to present the papers to his wife. He appeared on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show and said, “In Alabama this is a criminal offense,” punishable by up to a year in jain and a $6,000 fine.
While Brooks has continued on the election-fraud warpath, most of the other members of Alabama’s congressional delegation have moved on — or at least kept quiet about it in public.
Brooks is running for the U.S. Senate seat begin vacated by Sen. Richard C. Shelby. Asked whether he agrees with Brooks’ assessment, newly elected Sen. Tommy Tuberville did not seem eager to take up the mantle of continuing to challenge the election results.
“I think there were some [improprieties] if you look back at the election, you had a lot of mail-in ballots, you had a lot of ballot boxes put out in certain places that weren’t protected, voter ID in some places was not used,” he said.
“I don’t know how many votes were missed or not counted,” Tuberville said. “That’s gone and behind us now, but the one thing we do need to do is each state needs to take their voting laws, make them as tight as they possibly can, get them the way they want them through their legislature, get that done so we don’t have this problem again. … we need to get all that behind us, and just get everything back the way it was before COVID, and get our elections truthful and solid in the way they’re supposed to be.”