Rep. Mo Brooks, a Congressman from Alabama, plans to run for Jeff Sessions‘ Senate seat in a special election to be held later this year. But first he has to make it through the Republican primary, which means quadrupling down on right-wing ideology.
In a video released by his campaign, Brooks says that he will lead the charge to fully fund Donald Trump‘s idiotic border wall — the same wall we were told Mexico would be paying for — and if the Senate doesn’t agree, he will read the King James Bible until they say yes.
… President Trump promised a wall to keep us safe and to protect American jobs for American workers.
But even some establishment Republicans are blocking the way. Elect me to the Senate, and I’ll fight every spending bill that doesn’t fund that wall.
And if I have to filibuster on the Senate floor, I’ll even read the King James Bible until the wall is funded. And you know what? Washington could benefit from that. We’re going to build that wall, or you’ll know the name of every Republican who surrenders to the Democrats to break my filibuster.
I give you my word, and I don’t give my word lightly.
What a scene that would be: A Republican reading the Sermon on the Mount as a way to make sure our most vulnerable neighbors can’t get any help from us.
It’s hypocrisy at its finest — and exactly what we’ve come to expect from conservative Christian Republicans in the Trump era.
Keep in mind that Brooks isn’t alone in all this. Another Republican candidate is Roy Moore, the former Chief Justice of the state’s Supreme Court infamous for installing an illegal Ten Commandments monument in the courthouse in the dead of night. He also told probate judges across the state that they should not issue marriage licenses to gay couples even after the Obergefell ruling.
Some races are about policies. Some are about the candidates themselves. This one is already about who can out-Jesus the other candidates.
The primary takes place on August 15.