In the hours leading up to the chaos that descended on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, 2021, Rep.

Mo Brooks stood before the crowd just a few hundred yards from the Washington Monument and asked if they were willing to sacrifice their lives in the pursuit of freedom.

“Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass,” the Alabama Republican said, wearing a MAGA-red “Fire Pelosi” baseball cap and body armor.

A few hours later, many of those at the pro-Donald Trump rally at the Ellipse had breached the Capitol, laid siege to lawmakers, and broke the building’s defenses for the first time since 1814.

Soon after, Brooks joined more than 140 colleagues in voting against certification of Joe Biden’s victory.

But Brooks’ actions earlier in the day infuriated many of his colleagues, prompting some of them to consider the rare step of expelling Brooks from the House.

Mo Brooks doubled down, calling for a national forensic audit of the election, and sticking with unfounded claims that Antifa was partly to blame for the violence on Jan. 6.

Still, 14 months later, Trump withdrew his endorsement of Brooks to represent Alabama in the Senate, complaining that Brooks had gone “woke” and had been insufficiently supportive of his Big Lie.

Trump may have been actually responding to Brooks managing to blow a 44-point lead in the GOP primary.