Yeah, that sure sounds like him.
It’s disappointing that, just like in 2017, President Trump lets Mitch McConnell manipulate him again. Every single negative TV ad against our campaign has come from McConnell and his allies. I wish President Trump wouldn’t fall for McConnell’s ploys, but, once again, he has…
President Trump asked me to rescind the 2020 elections, immediately remove Joe Biden from the White House, immediately put President Trump back in the White House, and hold a new special election for the presidency. As a lawyer, I’ve repeatedly advised President Trump that January 6 was the final election contest verdict and neither the U.S. Constitution nor the U.S. Code permit what President Trump asks. Period.
I’ve told President Trump the truth knowing full well that it might cause President Trump to rescind his endorsement. But I took a sworn oath to defend and protect the U.S. Constitution. I honor my oath. That is the way I am. I break my sworn oath for no man.
It’s nice that Brooks let Trump know that his insane pitch for an out-and-out coup aimed at the current president wasn’t legally possible. But I can’t help but notice that he decided not to share this information with the public until the very moment that he no longer stood to gain electorally from keeping it a secret.
It reminds me of the books from national reporters about Trump’s presidency that have come out over the past year packed with juicy new material that somehow didn’t make it into the pages of the newspapers they work for. Lots of people are willing to keep secrets about Trump’s bad behavior temporarily, it seems, if they can profit personally from doing so.
As for Trump himself, I can’t begin to imagine what sort of legal mechanism he imagined would be used to “rescind” the election and reinstate him as president. Impeachment and removal of Biden wouldn’t do it, obviously. All that would do is make Kamala Harris president. Impeach and remove Harris too and you end up with President Nancy Pelosi. Even if the GOP had the votes in the House to impeach Biden, they’re nowhere near the threshold they’d need in the Senate to remove him. And they still won’t be anywhere near it even if they have a good midterm and regain majority control.
But that’s what’s revealing about this with respect to Trump. He’s an authoritarian. He doesn’t concern himself with law, he concerns himself with power. The legal niceties of how to undo the 2020 election, oust Biden, and put Trump back in power is something for egghead lawyers and RINO politicians to worry about. Such is the mentality of a guy who leads his closest competitor by 40 points in the latest presidential primary poll for a party whose activists often describe themselves as “constitutional conservatives.”
By the way, according to Brooks, Trump wasn’t lobbying him to undo the election in the immediate aftermath of January 6. He was lobbying him within the past six months. He’s so obsessed with his 2020 defeat that he’s still trying to finagle a coup a year and a half later:
New: Rep. Mo Brooks told ABC Trump asked him repeatedly – “off and on since Sep. 2021” to “rescind” the 2020 election results, “remove” Biden as president and re-do the election.
— Ben Siegel (@bensiegel) March 23, 2022
Last June, reports circulated that Trump had told people he thought he would be reinstated as president by August. It wasn’t just the liberal New York Times reporting that; staff at National Review heard the same thing. But some MAGA fans scoffed and dismissed it as a smear, believing Trump’s enemies must have fabricated the story to make him look nuts.
Now suddenly here’s Mo Brooks saying not only that Trump thought he might be reinstated, he was actively lobbying at least one member of Congress to make it happen somehow. I’ll bet every populist in the House GOP caucus, from Jim Jordan to Paul Gosar to Matt Gaetz to Marjorie Taylor Greene and on down, has had to field the same request from Trump at one point or another. He’s probably even pitched Kevin McCarthy on it.
The party’s led by a crazy person. And everyone in Congress with firsthand knowledge of it will bite their lips rather than say so publicly because, again, it benefits them personally to keep quiet about it. And that’s more important than whether it benefits the country to have Trump in a position of political influence.
Mike Durant, one of Brooks’s opponents in the Alabama GOP Senate primary, understands the game here. He’ll fit right in when he gets to Washington:
The price of a Trump endorsement? Saying the 2020 election was stolen louder than your opponents. pic.twitter.com/99Hvj4YKhv
— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) March 23, 2022
Here’s Brooks speaking to NBC today about his conversations with Trump. I assume the January 6 committee subpoena is already being prepared.
Just spoke with Mo Brooks–>
NBC: Did [Trump] directly say that there should be a new special election for the presidency?
Brooks: In one of the convos he mentioned having a subsequent election for the presidency.
NBC: This was after this Labor Day?
Brooks: After Sept 1, 2021. pic.twitter.com/rQcINEeEAr
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) March 23, 2022