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After Losing Trump Endorsement, Brooks Questions President’s Intelligence

Mo Brooks, a Republican who’s running the U.S. Senate primary in Alabama and who criticized President Trump throughout 2016, suggested the president was duped by Mitch McConnell after Trump endorsed Brooks’ opponent.

Mo Brooks

A day after insulting his own voters as “relatively uninformed” and “easy to deceive,” Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) – who’s running against Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) and others in the U.S. Senate primary in Alabama – suggested Mitch McConnell duped President Trump into endorsing Strange.

The president endorsed Strange for Senate on Tuesday night, ahead of a GOP primary that will take place this coming Tuesday, August 15.

Brooks, who called Trump a “bombastic” flip-flopper and “serial” adulterer during the GOP presidential primary last year, and refused to say he was voting for Trump three weeks before the 2016 general election, responded on Wednesday.

“I respect President Trump, but I am baffled and disappointed Mitch McConnell and the Swamp somehow misled the President into endorsing Luther Strange.

…“In any event, while Mitch McConnell and the Swamp managed to mislead the President last night, I still support the America First Agenda, and all the polls show we have momentum.[“]

Brooks seems to think that questioning the president’s intelligence is a good way to respond to the endorsement, in a state where Trump is still very popular. It is an odd strategy choice considering Brooks has been trying to align himself with the president.

It builds on a tough week for Brooks, who has also received criticism for his embrace of the liberal Sierra Club as of late.