Mo Brooks is correct.
Trump’s claims about the 2020 election were a massive albatross in the midterms. Independent voters were duped by that messaging into voting for Democrats in state after state. The real issue all along was ballot harvesting and mail-in ballots and an “Election Season” in key swing states.
“As you might expect, Mo Brooks says Donald Trump should not be elected president again.
It’s a Republican relationship that began imploding more than a year ago when Brooks – the outgoing congressman from Huntsville – said at a Trump rally in August 2021 that voters should take the Trump-objected 2020 presidential election and “put that behind you.”
The deterioration continued when, Brooks said, Trump repeatedly asked him to forge a path in Congress for President Joe Biden to be removed from office and be replaced by Trump. And it culminated in March when Trump retracted his endorsement of Brooks’ Senate campaign. …
“It would be a bad mistake for the Republicans to have Donald Trump as their nominee in 2024,” Brooks said in an interview with AL.com. “Donald Trump has proven himself to be dishonest, disloyal, incompetent, crude and a lot of other things that alienate so many independents and Republicans. Even a candidate who campaigns from his basement can beat him.”
A reference, of course, to virtual campaign events Biden held from his home in Delaware during the pandemic.
“It’s just the way it is,” Brooks said. …”
I can speak from experience.
This is exactly why I voted for him enthusiastically in 2016, but was too depressed to vote in 2018 and too disgusted to vote for Trump in 2020. I voted in the 2022 midterms though.
Over the last five years in Alabama politics, Donald Trump endorsed Luther Strange to replace Jeff Sessions in the Senate. Strange lost to Roy Moore. I voted for Roy Moore who lost to Doug Jones in the Senate. We were saddled with a Democrat representing Alabama in the Senate for two years.
When Jeff Sessions announced he was running for his old Senate seat in Alabama, Trump endorsed Tommy Tuberville and worked to destroy Sessions who lost his race. Tuberville went on to win his Senate race. Trump endorsed Mo Brooks in his Senate run to replace Richard Shelby. He later unendorsed Brooks for “going woke” and endorsed Katie Britt. I endorsed Brooks and voted for him in the primary.
Today, Alabama is represented in the Senate by Tommy Tuberville and Katie Britt. I voted for Katie Britt because Tuberville hasn’t turned out as bad as I expected. It feels like we have been living through five years of Trump-induced chaos in Alabama politics. It could have been worse. It could have been as bad as it is next door in Georgia where HERSCHEL WALKER is the candidate in the Georgia runoff.
Why was Herschel Walker the Senate nominee in Georgia? It is because Trump endorsed him. Trump endorsed him because he has known Herschel Walker since he played for the New Jersey Generals in the 1980s. It had absolutely nothing to do with ideology or whether he was the best candidate to win the race or advancing any agenda. It was all about a personal relationship with Donald Trump.