Analysis: Mo Brooks has finally understood Donald Trump

In early 2016, the GOP congressman from Alabama said there were “hundreds of things” that would keep him from supporting Trump. Like many Republicans, he eventually fell into line.

Although he didn’t receive Trump’s endorsement the first time he ran for the Senate in 2017, Brooks was one of the former president’s staunchest allies in the House. He was a leading supporter of Trump’s 2020 election lies.

It all paid off for Brooks, when he received Trump’s endorsement for the Senate in April 2021 – only to see him removed nearly a year later. Brooks was struggling to gain ground in a crowded primary field, and the former president saw him as softening his baseless allegations of voter fraud.
Still, Brooks managed to climb out of the May 24 GOP Senate primary for a runoff next week against Katie Britt, a former aide to incumbent Senator Richard Shelby. But even after Brooks made a public plea for Trump to back him up again, the former president again rejected him, throwing his support behind Britt, who was already the run-off favorite.
That long, winding road led to this realization for Brooks: “It’s quite clear that Donald Trump has no loyalty to anyone or anything but himself,” he said. at this week.

This is not, by far, the first time that this observation has been made. And it’s, of course, easy for Brooks to say so publicly now, when he’s out of Trump’s good graces.

But it still reveals where Trump is at this political moment.

The former president unquestionably remains the most dominant figure in the party. But the last month has shown that there are limits to this dominance. Although he enjoys a strong approval record overall, Trump’s favored candidates have recently lost several high-profile primaries, including in Georgia.
And even though he’s giving every signal he wants to run for the White House again in 2024, other potential candidates like Ron DeSantis, Mike Pence and Tom Cotton don’t seem to be afraid.

So for Trump, the rest of the 2022 primary season will be about trying to show his strength to shore up his own personal political standing ahead of the next presidential race — even if that means leaving one-off allies behind. .

As Brooks put it: “Donald Trump just got his head back from Georgia voters, after losing five major races in which he endorsed, and he’s trying to restore his brand. And he looked at who he thinks , had the best chance of winning and that’s who he endorsed it had nothing to do with the philosophy of the government other than that he abandoned the conservative movement and the MAGA agenda in order to try and improve its brand reputation.

Point: The Brooks saga crystallizes that loyalty is a one-way street for Trump, especially when he perceives his position in the Republican Party to be in jeopardy.

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