After Donald Trump withdrew his endorsement of Mo Brooks (R-AL), the Senate candidate released a statement describing a conversation in which he upset the former president by trying to explain that removing Joe Biden from office and reinstating Trump’s presidency couldn’t be done. Now he’s making the rounds of media networks, telling just how that went down.
The timing of Brooks’ statement and media tour is interesting, since some legal experts have suggested that prosecuting Trump for his role in the January 6th attack would necessitate proving that the then-president knew that he had actually lost and was trying to overturn the legitimate government of the United States. Still, what he’s got to say about Trump’s state of mind stands out.
As can be seen in one news appearance below, Brooks isn’t just asserting that Trump wanted Biden removed and himself restored to power in the period immediately following his election loss, but even now, more than a year after Biden’s inauguration.
Mo Brooks this morning: Trump “always brings up, ‘we got to rescind the election. We got to take Joe Biden out and put me in now.’l
Q – “He still says that?”
Mo – “Yes.” pic.twitter.com/AldbwHtMmm
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) March 24, 2022
“He always brings up, “we’ve gotta rescind the election, gotta take Joe Bide out and put me in, now!’…And I say, ‘Mr. President, you can’t do that. It’s unconstitutional’…and I knew that when I gave him straight-shooting legal advice, that it would perturb him, ’cause it’s not what he wanted to hear.”
In this, Brooks seems to both affirm that Trump still wants to overthrow the legitimately elected President of the United States, and reiterate the complaint of others, that Trump will punish advisors, no matter their expertise, if he doesn’t like their advice.
In an audio clip below, Brooks says much the same to NBC News, adding a few details, including that Trump doesn’t say to ‘decertify’ the election or to impeach Biden, but to ‘rescind’ — that is, to completely render void — the election, and to hold it anew, and that he has specifically demanded this as recently as “after September 1st, 2021.”
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
“He did not use the word ‘decertify,’ he used the word ‘rescind’…’rescind’ means that you render it null and void…[Trump wanted to be put back in office] through a rescinding of the 2020 elections…In one of the conversations he mentioned having a subsequent election for the presidency.”
For his part, Trump released a follow-up statement, attacking both Mitch McConnell (“He has been absolutely terrible, and very bad for the GOP. The sooner he leaves “Leadership,” the better off the Republican Party will be.”) and Brooks, of whom he says, “The people get it, but unfortunately, Mo doesn’t.”
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