Eleven months ago, he endorsed Rep. Mo Brooks for the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama vacated by Republican Senator Richard Shelby.
The months that followed suggested that Brooks was well on the way to achieving this.
Perhaps more importantly for Trump, Brooks — who had aggressively pushed the false notion that the 2020 election had somehow been stolen — is, in the former president’s mind, softened on the issue.
Add it all up and Trump starts looking for an exit strategy.
“While Trump has been seething for several months over Brooks’ lackluster campaign performance, four people familiar with the situation told CNN that he has reached his breaking point and is weighing when and how he might pursue a course correction in the controversial Republican primary. …”
Trump then tries to frame his second thoughts on Brooks as disagreeing in principle. (“[W]When you endorse someone, you endorse someone based on principle,” he told the Examiner. “If he changed that principle, I would have no problem doing it. “)
But that’s not really what’s happening here. Remember Trump’s first rule: Always be a winner. And its corollary: Always associate yourself with the winners.
Brooks looked like a surefire winner nearly a year ago when Trump endorsed him. He has shown himself to be a mediocre candidate with much less chance of winning since then.
So Trump wants to jump ship. Because that’s what he does.
Point: Loyalty is a one-way street for Trump. He will be faithful to you as long as it makes him feel good. And not a second longer. Sorry, Congressman.