On Monday, Alabama Republican congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Mo Brooks unveiled his campaign effort to “fire” GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Brooks, who is endorsed by Donald Trump, said in a press release that he wants “other conservatives around the country” Sign the pledgeTo oust the GOP’s longtime leader, who some conservatives consider too conciliatory and soft with Democrats.
Brooks, in an ad for a new campaign, explained why McConnell needs to leave:
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Brooks says his race is about ‘Trump and the MAGA agenda versus Mitch McConnell’
Brooks said, “Mitch McConnell likes fighting Trump more than he likes fighting Democrats. The entire time President Trump was in office, McConnell repeatedly undermined President Trump, refused to build the Wall, refused to investigate 2020 voter fraud and election theft, and refused to stand up to the Russia Hoax.”
“McConnell hates Trump, hates the candidates Trump has endorsed, hates the MAGA agenda, hates principled conservatives, and hates the House Freedom Caucus,” Brooks contended.
“This race is not about me,” he continued. “It’s about Donald Trump and the MAGA agenda versus Mitch McConnell and the bought and paid for special interest agenda.”
America doesn’t need more weak, cowardly, and wimpy Republican Senators or Congressmen.
That’s why President Trump endorses me, and why Mitch McConnell opposes us. pic.twitter.com/iDMLYC93gr
— Mo Brooks – Endorsed By President Trump 🇺🇸 (@MoBrooks) March 17, 2022
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Brooks says conservatives have to choose.
“It is time for conservatives to choose sides,” Brooks said. “In 2017, McConnell spent more than ten million dollars lying about me and my record. Now he’s at it again. This time he’s even more determined because President Trump has endorsed me.”
Brooks stated that McConnell was unpopular.
“Worse yet, according to Real Clear Politics polling data, Mitch McConnell is far and away the most unpopular politician in Washington,” he said. “Republicans must have as one of its leading spokesmen someone who is believable. Mitch McConnell simply does not cut it.”
The interesting thing about today: Donald Trump is the most popular U.S. politician. Lowest ratings were given by Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell and Mitch McConnell. https://t.co/Mw4EGc7xVu pic.twitter.com/uENBsAxGeg
— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) March 18, 2022
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Trump Infuriated by Brooks
The Washington Examiner reported in mid-March that Trump may not be entirely pleased with his endorsement of Brooks, calling him “disappointing.”
He may even be considering changing his endorsement: “I’m determining right now, has Mo Brooks — has he changed?”
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Trump had to deal with Brooks at a rally last August, in which Brooks advised voters not to dwell on 2020 but instead focus on 2022 or 2024.