BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The day after some protesters rioted and vandalized the U.S. Capitol, Alabama lawmakers believe it’s the results of a small group.
Still, questions arise if an Alabama lawmaker and President Trump are responsible, in part, for inciting that group.
Alabama Republican lawmakers are still shaking their head and condemning the violence that happened Wednesday. They do believe it was not representative of most of the those on hand.
This is what Congressman Mo Brooks tweeted Thursday:
“In the past, when citizens of a Republic lose faith in their ability to guide the destiny of their country via the election process, they have been FORCED by that country’s rulers into a box and FORCED to chose from any of 3 bad options: 1. Flee (emigrate). 2. Submit. 3. Fight back with violence. THAT is why we must fight for honest & accurate elections. We don’t ever want citizens in America feeling they have been forced into the aforesaid box, with 3 bad options.”
Before marching on the U.S. Capitol and then breaking in, President Trump and Congressman Brooks addressed the group who wanted to stop the certification of the electoral vote for Joe Biden.
The day after, some believe both men could have chosen their words to be less combative.
“When I read that, I was thinking he meant that figuratively not literally. It’s not unusual for politicians to make comments like that,” Alabama Congressman Robert Aderholt said.
On Good Day Alabama, Congressman Gary Palmer also was asked about those comments.
“I said this after the baseball shooting. To be mindful of what we say. That’s all of us from people in the media, to people in elected office, all the way to the President because the tensions are extraordinary high right now,” Palmer said.
Both men said the purpose of the day was to raise questions about voter security, not to block the certification of the electoral vote for President-elect Joe Biden.
The congressmen expect an investigation into why security failed to prevent what happened Wednesday.
WBRC has reached out to Congressman Mo Brooks office, but so far we have not been able to contact him.