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This is what it looks like to beg for Donald Trump’s endorsement

In a Twitter appeal sent earlier this week, the Alabama Republican candidate for US Senate detailed the ups and down of his relationship with the former President.

“I had President Trump’s endorsement at the beginning, but then Mitch McConnell spent millions on TV attacking me,” wrote Brooks. “At that time, it looked like our campaign was going nowhere, and sadly, President Trump pulled his endorsement.”

All the way back in April 2021, Trump officially endorsed Brooks’ campaign for the open seat of retiring GOP Sen. Richard Shelby. “Few Republicans have as much COURAGE and FIGHT as Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks,” said Trump at the time.
But then, despite the Trump endorsement, Brooks’ campaign stalled out. And Trump, ever the frontrunner, walked away from the congressman in March of this year. “Mo Brooks of Alabama made a horrible mistake recently when he went ‘woke’ and stated, referring to the 2020 Presidential Election Scam, ‘Put that behind you, put that behind you,'” said Trump.
That was, of course, a smokescreen. While Brooks said earlier this year that there was no “legal” mechanism to reinstall Trump as president, he had long pushed false claims about the 2020 election. The real reason that Trump walked away from Brooks was that, in advance of the May 24 primary, it looked like Brooks had no chance to make a runoff election. And Trump didn’t want to be tied to a loser.
Except that Brooks wound up making the June 21 runoff along with Katie Britt, Shelby’s former chief of staff, after no candidate earned more than 50% of the vote in the initial primary.

All of which is interesting! But not as interesting — or surprising — as Brooks’ decision to beg Trump for a re-endorsement. Or the spin the congressman is putting on Trump’s decision to abandon him.

“I think President Trump knew what he was doing,” wrote Brooks. “He gave our campaign the kick in the pants we needed. He was like a football coach, grabbing us by the face mask and getting us in gear. Part of me wonders if he also knew that in pulling his endorsement, he’d bait ol’ Mitch into thinking we couldn’t win and get Mitch to stop attacking us.”

Oh, so that is what Trump was doing! This was four-dimensional chess! It wasn’t that Trump wanted to get as far away from what looked like a losing campaign as possible. No, it was that Trump wanted to simultaneously a) deliver a wake-up call to Brooks’ campaign and b) throw McConnell off the scent that Brooks could come back.

This rationalization is very much in keeping with a line of thinking prevalent among Trump’s most ardent supporters: That he is a sort of all-knowing political savant, constantly seeing five moves ahead and forever misunderstood by Democrats, the media and establishment Republicans.

It is also ridiculous. There’s zero evidence to suggest that Trump was doing anything but throwing a loyal ally overboard because that ally looked like a loser. Trump operates on a purely transactional basis. If something is good for him, he does it. If that something turns bad, he stops doing it. Simple.

Brooks’ appeal for a re-endorsement speaks to how utterly craven he is in pursuit of the Republican nomination. Trump dumped him in his time of biggest need. Now he’s begging for Trump to come back — “MAGA Nation, join me in asking President Trump to #ReEndorseMO!” Brooks writes — and pretending that he whole thing was done for his own good.

Remarkable.

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