On the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) railed against Democrats and the media in the wake of Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Mueller Report, which asserted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller couldn't establish collusion between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian operatives.
"For more than two years, socialist Democrats and their fake news media allies — CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, Washington Post and countless others," Brooks said, "have perpetrated the biggest political lie, con, scam and fraud in American history.
Brooks attempted to paint Democrats as evil masterminds and socialist liars, comparing them to Nazis.
Rep. Mo Brooks inexplicably reads anti-Semitic passage from Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Seems like he tried to call Democr… https://t.co/D3j3NfNJrP— Adam Best (@Adam Best) 1553611530.0
To establish the ill-conceived metaphor, he read from the genocidal dictator Adolf Hitler's manifesto, Mein Kampf. The passage described what Hitler called the Big Lie: a propaganda technique in which a leader tells lies so outrageously false that the populace believes they're true, because surely no one would tell a lie that colossal.
Others thought so too.
@adamcbest GOP rule 1: accuse your opponents of everything you are currently doing.— Chris Clunie (@Chris Clunie) 1553619823.0
Republicans using Hitler's Big Lie and the photo quote below shows why Hitler used it against the Jews!🤔 Hitler is… https://t.co/VaAu8mle9n— Mark Scott Daniels (@Mark Scott Daniels) 1553573378.0
In his first two years, the President whom Brooks was defending made 8,158 false claims (and counting), his attorney said on television that "truth isn't truth," and Trump himself has promised supporters, "What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening."
The irony of Brooks's claim aside, many were horrified at another aspect.
One of Mein Kampf's most infamously anti-Semitic passages will now be in the Congressional record.
Mo Brooks is LITERALLY using the greatest Jew-bashing tract ever written to waylay the opponents of America's great… https://t.co/ho2gmQyfdg— toma (@toma) 1553548841.0
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) reads Mein Kampf into the congressional record—quoting Hitler’s accusations of Jews as purvey… https://t.co/RIESog9siU— Jeff Yang (@Jeff Yang) 1553607546.0
Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL 5) quoted Mein Kampf. On the floor of the United States House of Representatives.… https://t.co/FARYm3SrPy— Ethan Asher (@Ethan Asher) 1553615494.0
Just last week, Donald Trump called the Democrats "anti-Jewish."
Trump repeated his claims that Democrats are "anti-Israel" and "anti-Jewish," ahead of his meeting with Israeli Pri… https://t.co/8zWoTRHcHu— POLITICO (@POLITICO) 1553263712.0
After Brooks' antics, many are finding that claim even more preposterous.
.@GOPLeader @senatemajldr since you’re so concerned about anti-Semitism you’ll be censuring and condemning Rep Broo… https://t.co/4TPxObOiOm— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈) 1553619552.0
@IlhanMN Republican @RepMoBrooks quoted Hitler's Mein Kampf *approvingly* yesterday on the House floor—from a secti… https://t.co/FSr1zUYyA7— Pé Resists (@Pé Resists) 1553617121.0
.@RepLeeZeldin Did you see Rep Mo Brooks (R) quoting Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” on the House floor addressing Democrats?… https://t.co/2bynfKdGX6— Perry Gershon (@Perry Gershon) 1553601845.0