On May 15, 2017, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) announced he would be running for the U.S. Senate seat formerly occupied by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
In the upcoming special election Brooks will be running against Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed to the Senate seat by former Gov. Robert Bentley, and Roy Moore, the disgraced former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
And, if this recent campaign ad by Rep. Brooks is any indication, this election will be about as ridiculous and quintessentially Alabamian as it gets.
In the ad, titled “Build the Wall,” Brooks reminded voters that “President Trump promised a wall to keep us safe and to protect American jobs for American workers.”
However, “some establishment Republicans” have joined with the Democrats to block the wall from being built, he warned. Brooks vowed that if he is elected to the Senate, he will “fight every spending bill that doesn’t fund that wall.”
He added that if a filibuster is necessary to accomplish his goals, he will “even read the King James Bible until the wall is funded.” Washington D.C., he said, “could benefit from that.”
Estimates on the cost of Trump’s proposed border wall have ranged from $21.6 billion to $70 billion, and constructing it would almost certainly spur costly legal battles by citizens living on the border. The libertarian Cato Institute lambasted a border wall as “impractical” and “ineffective,” as people can always cross over, under, or through a wall.
The wall is, most likely, just another pointless campaign promise designed to inflame Brooks’ white voter base, whom he constantly tries to paint as victimized. In 2014, Brooks accused Democrats of “dividing America by race,” thereby “waging a war on whites.”
In January Brooks repeated these accusations, claiming that Democrats’ criticism of Jeff Sessions’ record on civil rights was also part of this “war.”
“It’s really about political power and racial division and what I’ve referred to on occasion as the ‘war on whites.’ They are trying to motivate the African-American vote to vote-bloc for Democrats by using every ‘Republican is a racist’ tool that they can envision,” said Brooks.