Mo Brooks: Storm the Capitol, but ‘stay OUT of my garage’

This is an opinion cartoon.

Mo Brooks is tickled to fire up an angry Trump mob, but if you leave lawsuit papers in his garage he turns into one cranky insurrectionist.

 If you like tales of outrageous Alabama political buffoonery mixed with some Looney Tunes cat and mouse drama, you’ll enjoy these news stories by AL.com’s Paul Gattis: https://www.al.com/staff/pgattis/posts.html.

I also got a chuckle and some toon inspiration from this Washington Post column by Dana Milbank.

A few excerpts from Milbank’s column:

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) sued Brooks, along with former president Donald Trump and others, for the damage caused by the insurrection. But Brooks, unlike the other defendants, refused to accept service of the court papers — prompting Swalwell to hire a private investigator to hunt him down. A weeks-long cat-and-mouse game ensued, and Brooks proved so elusive that the judge granted his pursuers a 60-day extension.

On Sunday, the process servers finally caught Brooks (or, rather, his wife, Martha). The aggrieved lawmaker fired off a tweet accusing Swalwell’s P.I. of “sneaking INTO MY HOUSE & accosting my wife!” — and, attaching a photo of Alabama’s trespassing statute, declared that he would seek an “arrest warrant” for the “criminal trespass.”

Brooks tweeted the photo, of his computer screen, in such haste that he evidently didn’t notice it included what appeared to be a PIN and his Gmail password taped to his monitor. Apparently, taking a screenshot exceeded Brooks’s technical capabilities.

And consider Brooks’s absurdly selective outrage. He provoked hundreds of Trump supporters to invade the Capitol, injuring hundreds of police and leading to several deaths. But now he’s ALL-CAPS enraged because a nonviolent process server walked into his open garage.

As Mo Brooks was sharing his password and PIN with the world, Martha Brooks told a conservative talk radio station that she was startled by the process server and “screamed” at the man, who left the legal papers and “skedaddled.”

If only the domestic terrorists her husband incited had been so courteous.

 

JD Crowe is the cartoonist for Alabama Media Group and AL.com and 2020 RFK Human Rights Award winner for Editorial Cartoons.

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