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Mo Brooks speaks to supporters during his watch party for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator from Alabama at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Huntsville, Ala.Vasha Hunt/AP

  • Representative Mo Brooks slammed Donald Trump after losing his Senate primary race on Tuesday night.

  • The former president withdrew his support for Brooks in March, accusing the Republican of “waking up.”

  • Brooks told Politico on Wednesday that Trump had “no loyalty” and was not a “man of his word.”

Rep. Mo Brooks said this week he was retiring from politics after losing his Senate primary to Katie Britt on Tuesday night.

The Alabama Republican said Politico’s Olivia Beavers Wednesday that the “bad guys won”. Britt had the backing of Brooks’ former ally, former President Donald Trump.

Brooks, who was once a champion of Trump’s lies about post-2020 voter fraud, criticized the former president for having “no loyalty” and not being a “man of his word”. The lawmaker told Beavers that Trump wouldn’t do anything unless he “values ​​his wallet or his ego.

Although once a staunch Trump supporter, Brooks has since accused the president of repeatedly asking him to illegally “cancel” the 2020 election as the two men’s relationship has publicly crumbled.

Brooks’ comments on Tuesday seem a fitting conclusion to the recurring relationship between Brooks and Trump, which began when Brooks failed to win the president’s endorsement in 2017, despite being a strong Trump supporter among his fellow House legislators.

After leading the charge in backing Trump’s baseless claims about the 2020 election, Brooks won Trump’s endorsement for the Senate in April 2021.

But in March this year, Trump rescinded his endorsement, saying Brooks “woke up” after the lawmaker said Republicans should look to the future and not focus on the 2020 election. Trump’s reversal came as Brooks’ fundraising and polls dwindled.

Then, in June, Trump endorsed Brooks’ rival Katie Britt, former leader of incumbent Senator Richard Shelby, as she rose in the polls. The move prompted Brooks to appeal for the former president’s reconsideration in a lengthy Twitter post, in which he asked Trump to support him again in the Senate race, instead of the “RINO establishment.” Britt.

But when the former president failed to do so, Brooks slammed Trump on Twitter a week later for his endorsement of Britt.

On Tuesday night, Britt easily beat Brooks in the Republican primary. If she wins the general election in November, which she is expected to do, she will be the first woman elected to represent Alabama in the Senate.

In his concession speech Tuesday night, Brooks said he looked forward to spending more time with his family, which includes 13 grandchildren.

“It’s time for me to pass the torch to the patriots who will continue to fight for America. We have a lot of younger generation people who are ready to carry that torch,” he said, according to Alabama Local. News. “And I’m so proud of them. And I want them to fight for America like I did.”

But Brooks’ time in DC may not be over yet. The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack said in May it wanted Brooks to testify after he told local Alabama media that Trump had pressured him to try to testify. cancel the election after the victory of President Joe Biden.

Now Brooks says he might be willing to testify before the panel, as long as it takes place entirely in public, according to CNN.

“My basic requirement is that it be in public so the public can see it — so it doesn’t get dribbled past,” the lawmaker said, according to the outlet.

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