Alabama Trump Victory has something to say about U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks’ claim he ‘supported’ candidate Donald Trump in 2016: “That dog doesn’t hunt.”
A recent ad from the Senate Leadership Fund blasted the “career” congressman for refusing to endorse Trump during the GOP primary,
“They all attack Donald Trump, trying to stop him,” the narrator says, quoting Brooks in March 2016 when he told MSNBC: “I don’t think you can trust Donald Trump with anything he says.”
The 30-second ad repeats the quote twice more.
Brooks – the Huntsville Republican seeking the U.S. Senate seat to finish the term of now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ – quickly backtracked, saying the ad is taking him out of context. As proof of his support of the president, he offered a copy of a $2,500 check to the Alabama Republican Party for get-out-the-vote efforts.
That “support’ is simply not true, says Alabama Trump Victory Chair Perry O. Hooper Jr.
“Congressman Brooks’ claim that he supported Donald Trump in the general election is a flat-out lie,” Hooper said in a statement Thursday. “Not only did Congressman Brooks go on a radio show in October refusing to endorse Donald Trump, he actually refused to answer the question of who he planned on voting for in the election.”
Hooper pointed out that in November, Brooks told a newspaper in North Carolina – a crucial swing state — that Trump was “not well suited for office,” calling the choice between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton “the lesser of two evils.”
In the GOP primary, Brooks is one in a crowded 10-person field that includes incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, the former Alabama Attorney General, who had been appointed to the seat in February by then-Gov. Robert Bentley.
Hooper concluded: “Additionally, I am proud to confirm that Luther Strange was all in for Donald Trump in my successful efforts to help Mr. Trump win in Pennsylvania and Ohio.”
If one person does not reach 50 percent plus one in the Aug. 15 primary, the top two vote-getters will face a runoff Sept. 26; the general election is Dec. 12.