Conservative Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) wants to make sure that everyone understands he will never, ever vote for billionaire businessman Donald Trump. However, the reasons why he’s so strongly opposed to the New York mogul may surprise you.
Brooks’ opposition has less to do with politics (like socialized healthcare and taxes) and more to do with the moral fiber of the man who would be president. When asked by AL.com why he was so opposed to “President Trump,” Brooks had a simple response.
“Serial adultery. That is one of hundreds of things that are disconcerting about Donald Trump. 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.”
In his book “Trump: the Art of the Comeback,” Mr. Trump bragged about his many (married) sexual conquests. For example, “If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happily married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best-seller (which it will be anyway!). I’d love to tell all, using names and places, but I just don’t think it’s right.” (“Trump: The Art of the Comeback”)
He also gave some marriage advice that could at best be viewed as “suspect.” What should you do if you’re having marriage problems? If you’re Donald… you apparently just walk away.
“Often, I will tell friends whose wives are constantly nagging them about this or that that they’re better off leaving and cutting their losses. I’m not a great believer in always trying to work things out, because it just doesn’t happen that way. For a man to be successful he needs support at home, just like my father had from my mother, not someone who is always griping and bitching. When a man has to endure a woman who is not supportive and complains constantly about his not being home enough or not being attentive enough, he will not be very successful unless he is able to cut the cord.” (“Trump: The Art of the Comeback”)
Brooks continued by saying that it wasn’t that Mr. Trump had committed adultery in his past, it was the fact that Trump was a “serial” adulterer.
“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…
I will not publicly support, or endorse with my reputation, someone who I know to have such huge character flaws and who is dishonest. 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.”
Ouch. Representative Brooks is a straight shooter and he didn’t pull any punches in his comments to AL.com. However, he does raise several important points about Mr. Trump’s character and the qualifications that we should be looking for in our next president. Finally, Rep. Brooks does have a bit to say about Donald Trump’s political positions. Brooks is worried that any candidate who has changed his positions as often as Trump will likely change his mind again once he’s elected.
“Then you’ve got the public policy issues – where Donald Trump is a notorious flip-flopper on a myriad of different issues. 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.”
I guess it’s safe to say that Rep. Brooks is part of the #NeverTrump crowd and he’ll likely not be campaigning for Trump anytime soon.