Former President Donald Trump has once again endorsed a candidate, this time in the Alabama U.S. Senate election.
After withdrawing his support for Rep. Mo Brooks, Trump is now supporting Katie Britt in her runoff contest against Brooks.
Britt got the most votes in the state’s GOP primary in late May, but on election night she received less than fifty percent of the vote. Now she is competing against Brooks, the runner-up in the election. The next primary election will be on June 21.
Britt is the former chief of staff for retiring Senator Richard Shelby; according to Decision Desk HQ, she received 44.76 percent of the vote, while Brooks received just under 29 percent.
Friday evening, Trump issued a statement in which he claimed, in regard to his retracted endorsement, “Mo has been asking for it back ever since, but I cannot give it to him!”
“Katie Britt, on the other hand, is a fearless America First Warrior,” he continued.
The decision deals a second major blow to Brooks, who Trump initially endorsed last year before pulling his support in March as Brooks’ campaign floundered. But Trump in the last couple weeks had not ruled out the possibility of re-endorsing Brooks, according to a person familiar with the president’s thinking, and was being urged by some Brooks allies to throw his support behind the MAGA candidate once again.
Trump’s endorsement of Britt is a striking contrast to the statement he released about the Senate candidate just under a year ago. In July, Trump called her the “assistant” to “the RINO Senator from Alabama, close friend of Old Crow Mitch McConnell, Richard Shelby.”
“She is not in any way qualified and is certainly not what our country needs,” Trump said at the time. “For Mitch McConnell to be wasting money on her campaign is absolutely outrageous. Vote for Mo Brooks!”
“The opposition says Katie is close to Mitch McConnell, but actually, she is not — in fact, she believes that McConnell put Mike Durant in the race to stop her, which is very possibly true,” Trump added.
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Trump talked about his rescinded endorsement after he pulled it in March, explaining why.
“When I endorsed Mo Brooks, he took a 44-point lead and was unstoppable. He then hired a new campaign staff who ‘brilliantly’ convinced him to ‘stop talking about the 2020 Election,’” Trump said at the time.
“Very sad but, since he decided to go in another direction, so have I, and I am hereby withdrawing my Endorsement of Mo Brooks for the Senate,” he continued. “I don’t think the great people of Alabama will disagree with me. Election Fraud must be captured and stopped, or we won’t have a Country anymore.” Read more…