Mo Brooks Says Trump Let McConnell 'Manipulate Him Again' Over Endorsement

Rep. Mo Brooks, who was previously backed by Donald Trump in the Alabama Senate race, has said the former president let Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell "manipulate him again" after Trump rescinded his endorsement on Wednesday.

Republican candidates Trump sees as loyal, and who have enjoyed the former president's backing, have often been successful in local elections. In both the 2018 and 2020 elections, Trump-endorsed candidates won nearly every primary they competed in, according to political data website FiveThirtyEight.

But Trump pulled the plug on Brooks' endorsement on Wednesday, saying he would instead be endorsing another candidate for the May 24 Republican primary. Trump accused the Alabama congressman of going "woke" for saying that Republicans should put claims that the 2020 election result was a hoax behind them.

In response, Brooks' campaign team emailed a statement to Newsweek on his behalf.

In the statement, Brooks said: "It's disappointing that, just like in 2017, President Trump lets Mitch McConnell manipulate him again. Every single negative TV ad against our campaign has come from McConnell and his allies. I wish President Trump wouldn't fall for McConnell's ploys, but, once again, he has."

Brooks said he had not changed and was still "the only proven America First candidate in this Senate race."

Brooks also responded to Trump's claims that he had not been loyal to him over the former president's unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 national election —which he lost to Democrat Joe Biden — was fraudulent.

"I am the only candidate who fought voter fraud and election theft when it counted, between November 3 and January 6. I repeat what has prompted President Trump's ire. The only legal way America can prevent 2020's election debacle is for patriotic Americans to focus on and win the 2022 and 2024 elections so that we have the power to enact laws that give us honest and accurate elections."

He said that Trump asked him as a lawyer to rescind the 2020 elections, remove Biden from the White House and hold a new election for the presidency. Brooks said that as a lawyer, he has previously advised Trump that January 6—when Congress certified the election results after several recounts, was the final election contest. Trump has refused to accept this.

"I've told President Trump the truth knowing full well that it might cause President Trump to rescind his endorsement," Brooks said. "But I took a sworn oath to defend and protect the U.S. Constitution. I honor my oath. That is the way I am. I break my sworn oath for no man.

"I'm still the most conservative candidate in the race. Katie Britt's campaign is supported and funded by McConnell allies, and she's still a high taxing, open borders, cheap foreign labor, Chamber of Commerce lobbyist. There's only one conservative option in this race, and I am confident that the people of Alabama will see that on Election Day."

Trump had endorsed Brooks in April 2021, making him the instant favorite in the race to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Richard Shelby. But a recent poll suggests Brooks has struggled to find his footing and may lose to Republican rivals Mike Durant or Katie Britt.

An article published by the Washington Examiner on March 16 showed Trump criticizing Brooks for the first time, calling him "disappointing," citing his poor performance in the race and poor campaign staffing. He also lambasted Brooks for what he saw as a softening on Trump's claims about the 2020 election.

Newsweek has contacted Trump for comment.

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Rep. Mo Brooks speaks at a news conference on the “Fire Fauci Act” on Capitol Hill on June 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. Brooks, who was previously endorsed by Donald Trump for the Alabama Senate, has said the former president let Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “manipulate him again” after Trump rescinded his endorsement on Wednesday. Anna Moneymaker/Getty