WASHINGTON, March 22 – United States Senate Republican Mo Brooks vowed on Monday to “expel” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, days after former President Donald Trump told a spokesman he could withdraw his support for the Alabama congress.
“Today, I unveil my vow in America, to expel Mitch McConnell. If I am elected to the Senate, I will not vote for Mitch McConnell as leader,” Brooks said in a 90-second digital advertisement.
“The United States will not be able to afford a weak, indebted Senate leader, an open Republican RINO, and even worse – who sells America money for a special party,” Brooks said, using one of Trump’s favorites. derogatory remarks from those in his party who disagree with him, meaning “Republican in name only.”
Brooks also urged candidates in the Republican Senate across the country to make the same commitment, warning that McConnell and Trump are locked in a “heart-to-heart fight for the Republican Party.”
Brooks is the third Senate Republican to hope to challenge McConnell’s leadership, following Kelly Tshibaka in Alaska and Eric Greitens in Missouri.
McConnell, an 80-year-old Kentucky Republican, is a favorite of Trump, who has repeatedly called for his dismissal as Senate leader in an ongoing war of words, as Republicans try to reclaim most of the Senate by mid-November 8 during the year. election.
McConnell’s spokesman did not comment on Brooks’ video.
Brooks is trapped in a three-way race to replace Senate Republican Richard Shelby, who is retiring. He runs a May 24 base team against Katie Britt, Shelby’s former assistant, and Michael Durant, a businessman and former military helicopter pilot.
After becoming the top runner last year when he won Trump’s approval, Brooks slipped in the election and followed his rivals in fundraising campaigns.
Trump, who falsely claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him, also expressed disappointment as Brooks told voters it was time for them to leave in 2020 and head to the next election. The former president told the Washington Examiner last week he could change his credentials.
A spokesman for Britt’s campaign dismissed Brooks’ video, saying in a statement: “Mo Brooks has used tactics to try to gain the support of the Alabama people.”
Durant’s campaign did not answer the question that needed to be addressed.