Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, condemned recent comments by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, over Republican opposition to mail-in voting as “dangerous and divisive.”
“Nancy Pelosi’s statements on MSNBC last night labeling Republicans ‘domestic enemies’ and ‘enemies of the state’ were dangerous and divisive,” Brooks said. “She should apologize and stop stoking anti-Republican sentiment amongst Socialist Democrats who are prone to commit violent political acts like the 2017 Republican baseball practice shooting.”
During an interview on “MSNBC Live” with anchor Ayman Mohyeldin, Pelosi slammed Trump’s repeated rhetoric opposing mail-in voting and accused him of “scaring” potential voters and welcoming Russian interference in the upcoming election.
“The Russians were there and they are there now 24/7 trying to interfere in our election, but they’re not the only ones,” Pelosi said. “We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. And sadly, the domestic enemies to our voting system and our honoring of the Constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with their allies in the Congress of the United States.”
Speaker Pelosi then urged Democrats to “mobilize, organize” and not allow Trump to “deter anybody from voting.” Pelosi went on in that interview to call Republicans “enemies of the state.”
Brooks was one of the congressmen on the field when the gunman opened fire on the GOP Congress members attending the practice for the annual baseball game fundraiser. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, was severely wounded at the event. Ironically, it was Scalise’s presence that saved lives that day, because as a member of the House leadership he was assigned a security detail. Brooks was one of the members targeted by name by the gunman.
“There’s no place for that hyper-charged language that she uses,” Scalise, now House Minority Whip, said. “You know, ‘Enemies of the state,’ and all of this. I mean, like that’s the hyper-charged language led to that crazed gunman coming out trying to kill every Republican on the ball field.”
Pelosi and the Democrats have been calling for loosening voter requirements and allowing more vote-by-mail schemes. Republicans insist that allowing vote by mail will only increase voter fraud.
“Why don’t we focus on the issues? They don’t want to talk about issues, but as Jim pointed out, I mean, we’ve seen this playbook before on these ballots,” Scalise continued. “Look, in Louisiana we sent an election commissioner to jail for voter fraud. This idea that it doesn’t happen, if you mail millions of ballots to people who aren’t even legally on the rolls, and that’s what will happen. You ask any Secretary of State, every one of them has about 10 percent or more of people on their voting rolls that aren’t properly registered, whether they moved or something else. And this idea that you’re just going to have millions of ballots sitting around and then weeks and weeks later. Even in California last time, they were counting ballots three weeks later. People who won on election night lost three weeks later. We don’t need that chaos. [Democrats] want that chaos because it’s what [the Democrat Party] is all about right now.”
Brooks represents Alabama’s 5th Congressional District. He has no general election opponent in November.