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Rep. Mo Brooks Voices Sympathy for Man Behind Capitol Hill Bomb Threat

HeadlineAug 20, 2021

In Washington, D.C., police responding to a bomb threat arrested a North Carolina man on Thursday, capping an hours-long standoff near the U.S. Capitol. Forty-nine-year-old Floyd Ray Roseberry parked his truck on the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress, claiming he had explosives and calling on all Democrats to step down. Roseberry’s previous social media posts show he was an ardent Trump supporter.

Meanwhile, Alabama Republican Congressmember Mo Brooks voiced sympathy for Roseberry. Brooks said in a statement, “I understand citizenry anger directed at dictatorial Socialism.” Brooks’s statement drew condemnation from several lawmakers, including Virginia Congressmember Don Beyer, who tweeted, “It is astonishing that this needs to be said but no one who serves in Congress should be expressing public sympathy with the views of a terrorist who threatened to blow up the U.S. Capitol.” Roseberry said he had enough explosives to blow up two-and-a-half blocks around him and that other vehicles had explosives in them. None of that was true.

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