Trump withdrew his endorsement of Brooks while arguing that the congressman had gone “woke” as he was trailing in polls, several months after he urged Republican voters to put a focus on the ex-president’s false claims of a “stolen” 2020 election “behind” them during a Trump rally. Although Brooks trailed Britt in last month’s GOP primary, both candidates advanced to a runoff election set for June 21.
Brooks has denounced Britt’s candidacy, citing support from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as evidence that she does not fit the “MAGA” agenda, while recently begging for Trump to endorse him again. The former president finally weighed in on the race on Friday night, delivering a dagger to the hopes of his former ally.
“Last year I endorsed Mo Brooks for the U.S. Senate because I thought he was a Fighter, especially when it came to the Rigged and Stolen Presidential Election of 2020,” Trump said in a statement. “Then, out of nowhere, and for seemingly no reason, Mo backtracked and made a big mistake by going Woke at our massive Cullman, Alabama Rally.”
“His words caused me to withdraw my Endorsement, and Mo has been wanting it back ever since-but I cannot give it to him!” he added. “Katie Britt, on the other hand, is a fearless America First Warrior… Above all, Katie Britt will never let you down. So Get Out and Vote for Katie Britt on June 21st in the Alabama Senate Runoff-she has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”
Britt, a former staffer of retiring GOP Senator Richard Shelby, said in a statement obtained by Newsweek that she was “thankful to have President Trump’s endorsement and strong support,” while taking a jab at Brooks by adding that “President Trump knows that Alabamians are sick and tired of failed, do-nothing career politicians.”
“It’s time for the next generation of conservatives to step up and shake things up in Washington to save the country we know and love for our children and our children’s children,” said Britt.
Brooks issued a statement on social media urging his supporters to pressure Trump into re-endorsing his candidacy on Sunday. The congressman argued that voters would “send a message to Mitch McConnell by sending a real America First conservative to the Senate on June 21” and described Britt as a RINO, or Republican in name only.
Shortly before Trump issued his endorsement of Britt on Friday, Brooks issued a further plea for his re-endorsement, while citing a JMC Analytics poll that showed he would be “narrowly in the lead” if he were to regain the endorsement.
“If you want an #AmericaFirst candidate in the Senate from Alabama, there is only one in this race,” Brooks tweeted. “As this independent polling shows, if President Trump will #ReEndorseMo, we will win. Then we can fight for the MAGA agenda, together!”
Brooks’ polling performance initially improved following Trump’s endorsement withdrawal. However, the congressman received 100,000 fewer votes than Britt in last month’s primary and the most recent polling does not favor his chances of beating her in the runoff. A poll released Friday by McLaughlin and Associates showed Britt with a nearly 18-point lead over Brooks.
In a statement obtained by Newsweek, Brooks described Trump’s endorsement of Britt as “weird,” claimed that Trump had been “conned” by McConnell and argued that he “endorses the wrong people sometimes.”
“This is weird: last time Donald Trump talked about Katie Britt, he said she was unqualified for the Senate,” said Brooks. “Donald Trump is the only man in American politics who could get conned by Mitch McConnell twice in an Alabama Senate race. Let’s just admit it: Trump endorses the wrong people sometimes.”
“He endorsed Mitt Romney, he endorsed John McCain and now he’s endorsed Katie Britt, who his own son, Don Jr. called ‘Alabama’s Liz Cheney,’” he continued. “Alabama grassroots remember in 2017 when Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell got involved in a Senate primary in Alabama—and we rejected them. The people of Alabama will decide.”
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