Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) joined a growing wing of the Republican Party in dismissing coronavirus vaccines as “experimental,” while urging President Joe Biden to reverse a mask mandate for unvaccinated soldiers at an Alabama base.
Brooks casts doubt on the safety of COVID vaccines in the letter, calling them “experimental” and saying it’s “understandable” that Americans are hesitant to take them. Brooks also suggests that masks may be linked to cancer in the letter.
“…I suspect time will reveal that masks, while arguably promoting health, also endanger the health of those who wear them,” Brooks wrote. “Masks have small fibers that regularly loosen and are lodged in users’ lungs. Some masks have inks and dyes which, when consumed by lungs, have unknown cancer and other health risks. Certainly, all or almost all masks reduce oxygen intake into the human body, with all the risk this imposes. There is also the unknown risk that, in the heat and humidity of summers in the South, heat stroke risks increase among mask wearers.”
Brooks urged Biden to have the commanding officer of Fort Rucker in Alabama reverse an order mandating masks for unvaccinated soldiers and instituting vaccination status checks.
He blasted the vaccines as “experimental” and associated with “death and other ill-effect[s],” citing a rare neurological disorder and blood clots linked to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – the latter resulting in three deaths.
After a 10-day pause, public health officials determined that the risk of severe blood clots is extremely low, enough to lift the halt on the J&J vaccines.
Brooks also mentioned a possible link between the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and a rare heart inflammation condition, but the Centers for Disease Control determined that those with coronavirus are at a higher risk of the disease.
Brooks also stated that it is “understandable” that many Americans are hesitant to take the vaccines due to their “rapid development.”
Ali Alexander literally NAMED sitting Congressmen who helped him plan January 6th: Reps Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, and Paul Gosar.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) July 12, 2021
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Brooks, who is not a doctor, said some masks “help spread COVID-19” and predicted “time will reveal that masks… endanger the health of those who wear them,” suggesting they increase risk of heat stroke, oxygen loss and cancer – though he didn’t cite any evidence for these claims, and the claim about oxygen loss has been debunked.
Brooks’ letter comes after Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced legislation prohibiting the military from requiring soldiers to be vaccinated against coronavirus, which is cosponsored by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.
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Brooks, a Trump-endorsed candidate for the U.S. Senate, joins a small group of right-wing lawmakers who have openly criticized coronavirus vaccines.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has been particularly outspoken, labeling the vaccines “controversial” on Monday after tweeting the day before, “We should invest in health, not human experimentation.”
How bad is Mo Brooks’ breath that it causes cancer?!?
— Totally (Pfizerized) WitchFaced 🌊🌊🌊 (@wonderwitch21) July 19, 2021
On the other side of the Capitol, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) has criticized the “big push” to vaccinate everyone, and he held an event last month to highlight the vaccines’ side effects.
29% of Republicans in an Economist/YouGov poll of 1,500 U.S. adults released last week who said they do not plan to get vaccinated, with another 13% saying they are “not sure” about getting vaccinated. 23% of independents said they don’t plan to get vaccinated, while only 4% of Democrats said the same.
— Bernard Fowler (@PoCoAustinPa) July 19, 2021
Trump himself is one member of former President Donald Trump’s movement who has not cast doubt on the efficacy of vaccines.
The ex-president has repeatedly endorsed the vaccines as safe and effective, and he has demanded credit for the fact that they were developed during his administration – though, on Sunday, he suggested that vaccine hesitancy is so high among his supporters because they “don’t trust the Election results.”
I just listened again to @RepMoBrooks whipping terrorists into a frenzy on Jan 6. It's one of the most unhinged things I've heard. As the murderous insurrectionists descended on the Capitol, I'm convinced his words had to have been ringing in their heads, pushing them forward.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) July 19, 2021
Brooks says in a new court filing that he was requested to speak at Trump’s infamous “Stop the Steal” rally prior to the Jan. 6 insurgency by a White House official.
After giving the speech, which a lawsuit claims helped inspire the deadly assault on the US Capitol, the Alabama Republican received Trump’s endorsement for the Senate, but Brooks’ attorneys reacted by saying that he only spoke because the former president asked him to.
According to the new court filing, “Brooks only gave the Ellipse Speech because the White House urged him to, in his capacity as a United States Congressman.” “Brooks would not have attended the Ellipse Rally if it hadn’t been for the White House’s urging.”
Brooks allegedly organized the topic of his speech with White House officials, who urged him to participate the day before the rally, and he defended his conduct by claiming Trump lost the election due to fraud, according to the answer.
“The evidence is overwhelming that Nov. 3, 2020, elections were the subject of voter fraud and election theft on a scale never seen before in America and that, if only lawful votes cast by eligible American citizens were counted, Donald Trump should be serving his second term as President of the United States,” the filing states.
There is a clear argument against the GOP’s assertion that voter fraud is ubiquitous in the US.
A man named Ralph Thurman reportedly walked into Sugartown Elementary School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, on Election Day last year to cast his vote. He reportedly inquired as to whether he was required to produce identification and was informed that he was not. He reportedly then asked if he should vote for his son, but was told that he couldn’t. He walked away.
Thurman (again, allegedly) reappeared 45 minutes later, wearing sunglasses. He pretended to be his son and requested a vote. People at the polling station somehow figured out what he was up to. Thurman is charged with felony fraud.
Before 2020, President Donald Trump believed voter fraud operated like this: people will register, leave, then return in a hat to vote again.
There was never any proof that this occurred on a daily basis, particularly considering the difficulty of pulling it off. Just as Mr. Thurman.
There was also less proof that a shadowy cabal was orchestrating systematic manipulation capable of swinging a presidential election, which Trump said was the cause of his 2016 popular-vote defeat.
Despite any of these allegations, and despite the Republican Party’s intense spotlight on the subject over the last six months, there is no definitive proof that any serious wrongdoing took place.