“I am clearly the MAGA, conservative candidate,” Brooks told the Todd Starnes Show Thursday.
“Donald Trump has abandoned MAGA and has abandoned the conservative cause,” Brooks added.
LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW BELOW:
The following is a rushed transcript from the Todd Starnes Show, heard daily nationwide from noon to 3 p.m. EST:
TODD STARNES: [00:07:23] Congressman Mo Brooks from Alabama, running for office there in the state. And, Congressman, I want to pivot to the campaign. How’s it going out there? A lot of people are saying President Trump needs to endorse you. What are you hearing out there on the campaign trail from folks? [00:07:40][17.3]
REP. MO BROOKS (R-AL): [00:07:41] Well, the president resolved that on Friday. He endorsed Mitch McConnell’s candidate. And I should add, also the Democrat nominee in the Republican primary. He did that last Friday. And when I say that, I mean that literally. The Alabama Democratic Party’s executive director came out in favor of Katie Britt about ten days ago, 12 days ago. And I have to wonder what it is that Katie Brett’s telling the Democrats that makes them so excited about supporting her in a Republican primary versus what the Katie Brett campaign may have told Donald Trump, I suspect that they’re different stories because you would not expect Donald Trump to be supporting the Democratic nominee in a Republican primary yet. That’s exactly what he has foolishly done. [00:08:25][44.4]
STARNES: [00:08:27] I want to share with you a column. This is from AL.com. And you know how these journalists are. You never know if they’re accurate or not. But Kyle Whitmire, in an opinion column, says he’s quoting you as saying, It’s quite clear that Donald Trump has no loyalty to anyone or anything but himself. Did you say those words? Do you stand by those words? [00:08:47][19.6]
BROOKS: [00:08:47] Absolutely. Time and time again, Donald Trump has abandoned people that he should be supportive of, and he’s done so for personal reasons rather than the public good. If we look at this instance by way of example, I am clearly the MAGA candidate. I am clearly the conservative candidate. The American Conservative Union has ranked me the best elected official from the state of Alabama, serving in the United States Congress. And for the president to call me woke, I mean, that is just absurd. So he comes up with these kinds of things and we’ve seen him abandon people time and time again. But in this particular instance for whatever reason, Donald Trump has abandoned MAGA and has abandoned the conservative cause. I’ve got a pretty good idea as to why he did it, and it’s probably to protect his brand because he likes to have win notches on his belt. But sometimes you got to stand for the principles that you say you believe in. [00:09:37][49.4]
STARNES: [00:09:38] Yeah, I know. look, I hear you. And that’s what perhaps one of the reasons we want you to come on the program. You’ve always been a straight shooter with us, and we may not agree on everything, but there’s no doubt that you’re a conservative, sir, and there’s no doubt that you are the MAGA candidate. And it’s been pretty relevant. [00:09:54][15.4]
BROOKS: [00:09:54] Mark Levin said it right when he tweeted out that it was a gut punch to our conservative values. [00:09:59][4.9]
STARNES: [00:10:01] No, it is. [00:10:01][0.4]
BROOKS: [00:10:03] It’s unbelievable. [00:10:03][0.2]
STARNES: [00:10:04] It is, Congressman. And we’ve got to be very careful here. I just see it’s very easy for even conservatives to get caught up in the cult of personality, and we’ve got to focus on the issues. And if Mitch McConnell is endorsing somebody, it’s usually a good idea to run the other way. [00:10:21][16.5]
BROOKS: [00:10:22] Mitch McConnell has put millions of dollars in helping my Democrat endorsed opponent win in this Republican primary. Special interests that want open borders and cheap foreign labor have put in millions of dollars because they know I’m strong on border security and I’ll stop their profits from hiring cheap foreign labor over paying market wages to American citizens. So that’s where we are in this race. We’ve got a lefty masquerading as a Republican who’s been endorsed by the Democrat executive director. And I can give you the quote, it’s pretty strong. And by the way, it also happens to mention the, “super helpful” conduct of Katie Britt in helping to elect our left wing Democrat Senator, Doug Jones to the United States Senate in 2017. I mean, it’s just, I’m baffled by it all. I’m not that surprised because Donald Trump does a lot of unexpected things. But holy cow. [00:11:14][51.9]
STARNES: [00:11:16] Congressman. We’re going to leave it there. Good luck to you, sir, and we’ll get you back on between now and Election Day. [00:11:21][5.3]
BROOKS: [00:11:22] Well, thank you so much. And if anyone wants to help, please go to mobrooks.com. [00:11:22][0.0]