Brooks vows not to support McConnell as leader amid criticism of Trump

representative Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksTrump considers withdrawing Brooks’s approval in Alabama Senate race The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Now What After Zelensky’s Speech? 16 House Republicans Vote Against Bill to Promote Education in Internment Camps MORE (R-Ala.) promised in a new digital ad that he would start up Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell McConnell on Republicans who support Putin: ‘There are some lone voices out there’ McConnell says he hasn’t made final decision on confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson Senate GOP looks at Hunter Biden, Fauci investigates after midterm elections MORE (R-Ky.) out of his role as GOP leader if Brooks is elected to the Senate this year.

The announcement makes Brooks the third Republican Senate candidate in the country to oust McConnell from his seat, and comes as a former President TrumpDonald Trump Now is the time to rebuild America’s refugee resettlement program. Is a post-Trump media world starting to take shape? Major revelations about government surveillance don’t make a big impression MORE expressed his frustration with Brooks’ Alabama Senate campaign and even hinted that he could withdraw his approval.

“Today I reveal my promise to America to fire Mitch McConnell. If elected to the Senate, I will not vote for Mitch McConnell as leader, and I will do everything I can to make sure Republicans elect a Conservative as leader. America cannot afford a Senate leader who is a moronic, debt-junkie, open-border RINO Republican, and who, worse, sells America for cash from special interest groups,” Brooks said, using an acronym for “Republican in Name Only.”

Brooks is the latest member of a trio of Senate candidates, including Eric Greitens in Missouri and Kelly Tshibaka in Alaska, who are campaigning against the establishment in the mold of Trump. The former president has endorsed Brooks and Tshibaka but has yet to venture into the Missouri Senate race.

Brooks’s new ad comes at a precarious time for the Senate’s six-term bid.

Brooks has based much of his campaign on Trump’s endorsement, but the former president has expressed frustration with the Alabamian over comments made at a rally last year urging those in attendance to move forward with the 2020 election, which will see Trump said they were marred by fraud with no evidence.

“I’m disappointed he gave an unspoken answer, and I’ll have to find out what he means,” Trump told The Washington Examiner last week. “If it meant what he sounded like, I’d have no problem changing.” [my endorsement] because when you support someone, you support someone on principle. If he changed that principle, I wouldn’t have a problem with that.”

The new anti-McConnell ad could be a way to get Brooks back into Trump’s favor. Trump and McConnell have a famously chilly relationship and are not thought to agree. The former president has gone after the GOP Senate leader on several occasions, urging someone to usurp him.

While much of the GOP remains loyal to Trump, few candidates have said outright that they will try to boot McConnell. In addition to the threesome who have taken the vow, a handful of others have flirted with the idea alone.

In the ad, Brooks challenged his main Senate opponents to join him, potentially setting another litmus test for how loyal to Trump they are.

Brooks takes on Mike Durant, a former fighter pilot, and Katie Britt, a former assistant to the outgoing Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyTrump Considers Withdrawal Of Brooks Approval In Alabama Senate Race On The Money – House Votes To Limit Trade Relations With Russia, Belarus Harris Swears Shalanda Young As White House Budget Chief In Historic First MORE (R), whose seat the three candidates are seeking to fill, in a May 24 primary.

“I urge my opponents, Katie Britt and Mike Durant, to join me. Do you support the grassroots conservatives or Mitch McConnell and the RINOs?” Brooks asked. “Sign this pledge and tell conservatives you will fire Mitch McConnell too. I hope Republican Senate candidates across the country will sign this pledge and send a message to America that we stand with Donald Trump, not Mitch McConnell .”

A McConnell spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

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