The Insider reports:
Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama said he wore body armor to Donald Trump’s January 6 rally in Washington, DC, after being tipped off about “risks” in the days leading up to the event, Slate reported.
“I was warned on Monday” — January 4 — “that there might be risks associated with the next few days,” Brooks told the Slate politics writer Jim Newell.
“And as a consequence of those warnings, I did not go to my condo,” he added. “Instead, I slept on the floor of my office. And when I gave my speech at the Ellipse, I was wearing body armor. “That’s why I was wearing that nice little windbreaker. To cover up the body armor.”
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Why was congressman Mo Brooks wearing body armor to Trump’s “very peaceful” rally?
— Elizabeth Vargas (@EVargasTV) July 29, 2021
Body armor?! What did Mo Brooks know . . . and from whom did he learn it?https://t.co/ebpspA6flb
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) July 29, 2021
Far right Rep who totally totally didn’t have anything to do with the violence on Jan 6th wore body armor to the rally ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/4HcumvGH0r
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 29, 2021
Raise your hand if you’ve never worn body armor to a “peaceful protest” like Mo Brooks did on January 6.🖐️
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) July 29, 2021
After the DOJ declined to defend Mo Brooks regarding his insurrection role, we are finding out that Mo wore body armor on January 6th. Peaceful rally my ass. Lock him and his fellow conspirators up.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) July 29, 2021