If you know anything at all about Mo Brooks, it’s that he’s a stooge for the former guy and his name is nearly synonymous with the Jan 6 insurrection. The Senate hopeful made a name for himself by speaking at Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally but decided after the horrific events that day to try and soften his image. By the end of last summer, he was talking about how he was ready to “move on” from the 2020 election rather than have to admit that his candidate was the one who lost. More than six months later, Donald Trump has refused to move on from Brooks’ speech – and he’s even gone so far as to retract his endorsement of the Alabama congressman who’s running to replace Richard Shelby.
In a statement, Donald Trump pulled the plug on his support of Brooks – even going so far as to call the insurrectionist maniac “woke” simply because he’d rather not talk about a chapter of recent history that casts the GOP in a bad light. This is, of course, preposterous – as Brooks spent the end of 2020 poisoning the well with claims that mail-in voting was unconstitutional and supporting all of Trump’s lies, despite winning re-election to Congress in the same election cycle that was supposedly stolen from the former guy. All of that sucking up to Trump wasn’t enough – and it’s a hit Brooks is forced to take at the worst possible time – when he’s down a distant third in primary polls and it’s too late for him to file for re-election as a congressman in 2022.
The moral should be clear to any Republican: No degree of sucking up to the former guy will ever be enough – and we can expect at least a few more to learn it the hard way. This is also good news to Democrats. While we likely cannot win Brooks’ current seat or Shelby’s seat, the 2020 election is back on the table – and we absolutely should force each Republican candidate running for office to take a side on how they voted or would vote on certifying the 2020 election.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making