There may not be a candidate for Congress in America who prized Trump’s endorsement more than Mo Brooks. The Alabama representative now vying for Senate splashed “Endorsed by Donald Trump” across his campaign logo, worked it into his Twitter name, and is such a fanboy of the former president that he spoke at the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the riot at the Capitol last Jan. 6. He’s also one of the representatives Rolling Stone reported were in contact with the rally’s organizers ahead of the protest.
Brooks landed Trump’s endorsement for Senate that April. He lost it on Wednesday morning. “Mo Brooks of Alabama made a horrible mistake recently when he went ‘woke’ and stated, referring to the 2020 Presidential Election Scam, ‘Put that behind you, put that behind you,’ despite the fact that the Election was rife with fraud and irregularities,” Trump wrote, citing his longstanding lie that the 2020 election was rigged against him.
“I am hereby withdrawing my Endorsement of Mo Brooks for the Senate,” he added.
Brooks responded later on Wednesday. “It’s disappointing that, just like in 2017, President Trump lets Mitch McConnell manipulate him again,” he wrote in a statement provided to Rolling Stone. Brooks added that he is not leaving the race, calling himself “the only conservative option.”
Brooks also claimed that Trump asked him to “rescind the 2020 elections, immediately remove Joe Biden from the White House, immediately put President Trump back in the White House, and hold a new special election for the presidency.” Brooks says his allegiance to the Constitution prevented him from doing Trump’s bidding. “I honor my oath,” he wrote. “That is the way I am. I break my sworn oath for no man.”
President Donald J. Trump:
“Mo Brooks of Alabama made a horrible mistake recently when he went “woke” and stated, referring to the 2020 Presidential Election Scam, “Put that behind you, put that behind you,” despite the fact that the Election was rife with fraud and… pic.twitter.com/UuvVAGWnsa
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) March 23, 2022
Trump says he’s rescinding his endorsement because Brooks went “woke” and said Alabamians should move past the 2020 election, but the comments to which Trump is referring were made months ago. More likely is that Trump doesn’t want to have his name attached to a loser. Brooks is trailing Mike Durant and Katie Britt in the polls, often by a significant margin. Brooks has also been struggling with fundraising and advertising, despite doing all he can to broadcast that Trump’s on his side.
Brooks did release a TV spot earlier this week, however, claiming he would somehow “fire Mitch McConnell” if he made it to the Senate.
Mitch McConnell likes fighting Trump more than he likes fighting Biden. He hates Trump, he hates the candidates Trump has endorsed, and he hates the MAGA agenda. It's time to Fire Mitch McConnell. https://t.co/Wdj9uJqHAw pic.twitter.com/Z92WsFXTag
— Mo Brooks – Endorsed By President Trump 🇺🇸 (@MoBrooks) March 21, 2022
“America can’t afford a Senate leader who is a weak-kneed, debt junkie, open-border RINO Republican and who, worse yet, sells out America for special interest group cash,” Brooks said in the spot. “Today, Mitch’s cash is coming at me because I’m a principled conservative and have President Trump’s endorsement. That’s he battle across America: McConnell vs. Trump in a war for the heart and soul of the Republican Party. McConnell will do everything he can to defeat me because he’s determined to stop the MAGA movement and Donald Trump’s endorsed candidates for the U.S. Senate.”
We’ve got some bad news for you, Mo.