Career Congressman Mo Brooks is having a rough time accepting President Trump’s “complete and total” endorsement of Luther Strange. It’s gotten so bad that Brooks is now publicly begging Trump to reconsider. It’s ironic considering Brooks refused to endorse Trump after he became the Republican nominee for President.
Brooks said, “I will not publicly support, or endorse with my reputation, someone who I know to have such huge character flaws and who is dishonest.” He said Trump’s “serial adultery” is just “one of hundreds of things that are disconcerting about Donald Trump” and that he has “gutter mouth tendencies” who he doesn’t want “in front of little children.”
Most importantly, Brooks refused to say he would endorse Trump even if he won the nomination. In front of 800 people, Brooks said, “If Donald Trump is our nominee, I will sit back, watch and learn.”
Why will Mo Brooks never endorse Donald Trump? ‘Serial adultery’ and ‘hundreds’ of other reasons
By Howard Koplowitz
“Serial adultery” by Donald Trump is just one of the reasons why U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, said Monday he would never publicly endorse the GOP front-runner if he goes on to win the Republican nomination for president.
“That is one of hundreds of things that are disconcerting about Donald Trump,” Brooks, who endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, told AL.com. “If the voters knew Donald Trump’s background, what he intends to do as president, I am very confident you would have a mass exodus from Donald Trump’s support base. And it might be his gutter-mouth tendencies. I don’t want in the White House someone who in front of little children on national television uses the kind of profanity that Donald Trump uses.”
Trump had cheated on his first wife, Ivana Trump, with actress Marla Maples, and then eventually divorced his wife for Maples. The businessman has also bragged about sleeping with married women in his book, “Trump: The Art of the Comeback.”
“It’s not just adultery, its serial adultery and there’s a difference. If you make one mistake, it’s one thing. But if you make dozens or hundreds of those kinds of deeds and then you boast about it in writing, that’s another thing,” Brooks said. “It’s not necessarily the sexual act itself, it’s the honor. I want someone in the White House who is honorable. I believe honesty integrity and honor are important attributes for president of the United States.”
Adultery aside, Brooks said Trump’s changing positions are concerning to him.
“Then you’ve got the public policy issues – where Donald Trump is a notorious flip-flopper on a myriad of different issues,” he said. “It is only a little bit of an exaggeration to say that Donald Trump has taken virtually every position – liberal, moderate, conservative or otherwise on every public policy issue that exists. Nobody knows what Donald Trump would do with any degree of certainty because Donald Trump is all over the map on every issue.”
Asked what to make of Trump having overwhelming support among evangelical voters, including a plurality of such voters in Alabama, Brooks said he thinks the electorate is drawn to Trump’s charisma.
“I’m quite confident that a lot of voters are enamored by the personality and entertainment nature of the Donald trump campaign, and I am firmly convinced that 12-18 months from now, when the reality of a Donald Trump vote sets in, a very large segment of Donald Trump voters will be very angry at what their candidate is doing and [will] be very regretful of voting for Donald Trump,” Brooks said.
Other than saying he would not be casting a ballot for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, Brooks declined to say who he would vote for if it came down to a Trump-Clinton general election. But he said Trump will not earn his public endorsement.
“I will not publicly support, or endorse with my reputation, someone who I know to have such huge character flaws and who is dishonest,” the congressman said. “I only endorse candidates who I believe are superior for a particular reason. So if Donald Trump is our nominee, I will sit back, watch and learn.”