Wednesday, 30 Nov 2022

Trump for 2024 would be bad mistake, Republican says as blame game deepens

Trump for 2024 would be bad mistake, Republican says as blame game deepens

Trump for 2024 would be bad mistake, Republican says as blame game deepens

Alabama congressman and once-zealous Trump supporter, Mo Brooks, has a remarkable new stance on the political future of his former hero. "It would be a bad mistake for the Republicans to have Donald Trump as their nominee in 2024," he said.

The stark judgment from Brooks was indicative of the deepening and brutal blame game among Republicans which continued on Monday, nearly a week after the party failed to retake Congress in the midterm elections and a day before Trump's expected announcement of a new presidential campaign.

Speaking to, Brooks, an Alabama congressman, added: "Donald Trump has proven himself to be dishonest, disloyal, incompetent, crude and a lot of other things that alienate so many independents and Republicans. Even a candidate who campaigns from his basement can beat him."

That was a reference to Joe Biden and his precautions against Covid in the 2020 election the Democrat won by more than 7m votes and 306-232 in the electoral college.

Brooks did not accept that result. On 6 January 2021, he donned body armor and spoke to Trump supporters at a rally near the White House. Repeating Trump's lie about electoral fraud, he said: "Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass." The mob then attacked the Capitol, a riot now linked to nine deaths including suicides among law enforcement.

The election subversion Brooks supported is under investigation by the House January 6 committee, the Department of Justice and state authorities. But Brooks broke with Trump earlier this year, when the former president rescinded his endorsement for US Senate, because Brooks publicly urged him to stop re-litigating 2020.

Trump's eventual endorsee in Alabama, Katie Britt, won a Senate seat. But elsewhere last Tuesday high-profile Trump-endorsed candidates failed, ensuring Democrats held the Senate and stayed on course to hold the Republicans to a tight House majority.

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