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Analysis: Mo Brooks begs for Donald Trump’s approval
In a Twitter call sent earlier this week, the Republican candidate for the US Senate from Alabama detailed the ups and downs of his relationship with the former president.

“I had President Trump’s endorsement at first, but then Mitch McConnell spent millions on TV attacking me,” Brooks wrote. “At that time, it looked like our campaign was going nowhere, and unfortunately President Trump withdrew his endorsement.”

In April 2021, Trump formally endorsed Brooks’ campaign for the open seat of incumbent GOP Senator Richard Shelby. “Few Republicans have as much COURAGE and FIGHT as Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks,” Trump said at the time.
But then, despite Trump’s endorsement, Brooks’ campaign stalled. And Trump, always the frontrunner, walked away from the congressman in March of this year. “Mo Brooks of Alabama recently made a horrible mistake when he ‘woke up’ and said, referring to the 2020 presidential election scam, ‘Put that behind you, put that behind you. “,” Trump said.
It was, of course, a smokescreen. While Brooks said earlier this year there was no “legal” mechanism to reinstall Trump as president, he has long pushed false claims about the 2020 election. The real reason Trump is What kept Brooks away was that, ahead of the May 24 primary, it looked like Brooks had no chance of making a runoff. And Trump didn’t want to be tied to a loser.
Except Brooks ended up making the June 21 runoff with Katie Britt, Shelby’s former chief of staff, after no candidate got more than 50% of the vote in the initial primary.

All of this is interesting! But not as interesting — or surprising — as Brooks’ decision to beg Trump for a new endorsement. Or the spin the congressman is putting on Trump’s decision to abandon him.

“I think President Trump knew what he was doing,” Brooks wrote. “He gave our campaign the kick in the pants we needed. He was like a football coach, grabbing us by the face mask and turning us on. Part of me wonders if he knew too that by pulling his approval he would lure old Mitch into thinking we couldn’t win and make Mitch stop attacking us.”

Oh, so that’s what Trump was doing! It was chess in four dimensions! It wasn’t that Trump wanted to get as far away as possible from what looked like a losing campaign. No, it was that Trump wanted to simultaneously a) send a wake-up call to Brooks’ campaign and b) throw McConnell off the scent that Brooks might return.

This rationalization is very much in line with a common line of thought among Trump’s most ardent supporters: that he’s some kind of omniscient political savant, constantly seeing five advances and always misunderstood by Democrats, the media and Republicans alike. the establishment.

It’s also ridiculous. There is no evidence to suggest that Trump was doing anything other than throw a loyal ally overboard because that ally looked like a loser. Trump operates on a purely transactional basis. If something is good for him, he does it. If that something goes wrong, it stops doing it. Simple.

Brooks’ call for a new endorsement shows just how utterly cowardly he is in his pursuit of the Republican nomination. Trump dumped him when he needed him most. Now he’s begging Trump to come back — “MAGA Nation, join me in asking President Trump to #ReEndorseMO!” Brooks writes – and claims it was all for his own good.

Outstanding.




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