U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks went after President Donald Trump Wednesday for his treatment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the media.
During an interview on Jack Campbell and Baron Coleman’s radio show on News Talk 93.1 FM in Montgomery, Brooks said he was “disappointed and chagrined with what what’s happening with Jeff Sessions and President Trump right now.”
Brooks, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, also said his pre-election reservations about Trump “are turning out to be somewhat prophetic based on what we are seeing transpire with the public chastisement and the attacks on the integrity and good name of [Attorney General Sessions].”
Brooks added that if he won the special election, he would not vote for Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell to hold on to his post as Majority Leader.
The CD 5 Republican is one of several GOP candidates in the race to be Sessions’ permanent replacement in the senate and his primary opponents, most notably sitting Sen. Luther Strange and former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, have criticized him for what they say is a lack of support for Trump.
Strange and a political committee headed up by McConnell have dumped a lot of money into anti-Brooks advertising, with many of the ads attacking the congressman for his statements on the president.
Brooks said those advertisements bother him because they put his statements “in an untruthful light.”
“The words that I uttered were my concerns and reservations expressed while I was chairman of Ted Cruz’s campaign for the presidency, and that campaign for the primary for the presidency did not end until late May when Donald Trump got sufficient votes to win the Republican nomination,” he said.
He added that he thought Trump was a much better option in a general election setting than Hillary Clinton but said some of Trump’s more “mercurial dispositions,” such as the way his administration communicates with U.S. allies and enemies, have given him “serious reservations.”
The special primary election is slated for Aug. 15, and if necessary will be followed by a primary runoff Sept. 26. The general election will be held Dec. 12.