Tuesday morning, area leaders from the NAACP held a news conference calling for the resignation of Alabama State Congressman Mo Brooks for his seditious rhetoric at the “Save American Rally” in Washington, D.C. last week.
Several area NAACP chapter presidents from Congressman Brooks’ district spoke to their disappointment in his actions.
“Many across the state and around the nation believe Mo brooks played a huge role in inciting the riot at the capitol,” said Yolanda Caudle, Huntsville-Madison County NAACP President. “People have died because of his actions, he has blood on his hands. Brooks claimed Antifa was responsible for the riot but there is no verified evidence to support his claim.”
The state conference president Benard Simelton said Brooks’ constituents, himself included, deserve better.
“We in the fifth district, with the highest education levels, the highest paying jobs, and some of the fastest-growing area in the state of Alabama, deserve representation by a U.S. congressperson that will abide by the constitution and live up to his oath of office.”
The NAACP said calling Brooks out has nothing to do with race and everything to do with morality.
“This is a right versus wrong issue. What he did was wrong. He represents us, whatever his political party is doesn’t matter. He represents the fifth district. I am a member of the fifth district,” said Morgan County NAACP President Rodney Gordon. “It’s time for you to go Mo. Mo must go.”
While the NAACP held its press conference, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle was at a separate event. Afterward, he shared his thoughts about Mo Brook’s rhetoric in D.C.
“When you say words, those words have meaning, and the meaning of those words can call people to action. And you need to be very careful,” he said.