- Rep. Mo Brooks slammed Donald Trump after losing his Senate primary race Tuesday night.
- The former president withdrew his approval of Brooks in March, accusing the Republican of “waking up.”
- Brooks told Politico on Wednesday that Trump has “no loyalty” and is not a “man of his word.”
Rep. Mo Brooks said this week he was retiring from politics after losing his Senate primary to Katie Britt on Tuesday night.
That’s what the Republican from Alabama said Politico’s Olivia Beavers on Wednesday that the “bad guys won”. Britt had support from Brooks’ one-time ally, former President Donald Trump.
Brooks, who was once an advocate of Trump’s post-2020 electoral fraud lies, has criticized the former president for having “no loyalty” and not being a “man of his word.” Lawmakers told Beavers that Trump won’t do anything if he didn’t “boosts his wallet or his ego.”
Though Brooks was once a staunch Trump supporter, he has since accused the president of repeatedly urging him to illegally “cancel” the 2020 election as the two men’s relationship has publicly broken up.
—Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) June 22, 2022
Brooks’ comments on Tuesday appear to be a fitting conclusion to the Brooks-Trump relationship, which began when Brooks first failed to win the president’s approval in 2017, despite being a vocal Trump supporter among his peers in the House of Representatives.
After leading the prosecution in support of Trump’s unsubstantiated claims about the 2020 election, Brooks received Trump’s Senate endorsement in April 2021.
But in March of this year, Trump rescinded his endorsement, saying Brooks “woke up” after lawmakers said Republicans should look ahead and not focus on the 2020 election. Trump’s reversal came as Brooks’ fundraising and poll numbers fell.
Then, in June, Trump backed Brooks rival Katie Britt, former boss of retired Senator Richard Shelby, as she surged ahead in the polls. The move prompted Brooks to issue a lengthy Twitter post pleading for a reconsideration by the former president, urging Trump to back him in the Senate race in place of “establishment RINO” Britt.
But when the former president failed to do so, Brooks slammed Trump on Twitter a week later for his support of Britt.
On Tuesday night, Britt easily defeated Brooks in the Republican primary. If she wins the general election next November – which she is expected to do – she will become the first woman elected to represent Alabama in the Senate.
In his concession speech Tuesday night, Brooks said he looks forward to spending more time with his family, which includes 13 grandchildren.
“It’s time for me to pass the torch to patriots who will continue to fight for America. We have a lot of younger generation folks ready to carry that torch,” he said, according to Alabama Local News. “And I’m so proud of her. And I want them to fight for America like I do.”
But Brooks’ time in DC may not be quite over yet. The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol said in May it wanted Brooks to testify after telling a local news outlet in Alabama that Trump had pressured him to vote after the election overthrow the victory of President Joe Biden.
Now Brooks says he may be willing to testify before the panel, as long as it’s fully public, according to CNN.
“My basic premise is that it’s public so the public can see it — so there aren’t any spills leaking out,” the lawmaker said, according to the outlet.