Jeff Poor, Breitbart, August 9, 2017
Wednesday on SiriusXM’s “Breitbart News Daily,” Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) reacted to President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his opponent Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) in next week’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.
Trump made his endorsement via Twitter late on Tuesday, which came as a shock to many political observers.
Brooks told “Breitbart News Daily” host Raheem Kassam his campaign had some momentum headed into next Tuesday’s vote and that he was baffled by Trump’s “error in judgment.”
“I’m very baffled that President Trump endorsed Luther Strange,” he added. “I believe he made an error in judgment. I suspect that is probably because some of these swamp critters, as we call them, Mitch McConnell didn’t share the full picture with the president, so the president was operating on bad data.”
According to Brooks, the “bad data” on which Trump was operating included Strange’s appointment to the U.S. Senate by now-former Gov. Robert Bentley, a target of a criminal investigation at the time by Strange while serving as Alabama’s attorney general.
“There are a lot of things that I suspect the swamp or Mitch McConnell presented to the president in a one-sided fashion that resulted in an endorsement that really was not wise,” Brooks added.
Brooks said the Trump endorsement was not only a win for Strange but one for McConnell as the GOP leader of the U.S. Senate.
“No one in Alabama who is into politics can understand why President Trump did what he did just on the surface of it,” he said. “So, there must be something subsurface. Certainly, your conjecture is part of what’s been bandied about. Nobody knows for sure, but I think the big point is … if you go to Washington, DC to drain the swamp, what sense does it make to then align yourself with it?”
“It’s a big win for Mitch McConnell,” he continued.