Trump un-endorses Mo Brooks in Alabama Senate primary

The former president has been vocally disappointed with the direction of Brooks' campaign.

Published: March 23, 2022 8:39am

Updated: March 24, 2022 8:23pm

Former President Donald Trump has yanked his official endorsement from Alabama Senate candidate Rep. Mo Brooks.

Trump, who has reportedly been mulling rescinding his endorsement for months, said on Tuesday, "Mo Brooks of Alabama made a horrible mistake recently when he went 'woke' and stated, referring to the 2020 Presidential Election Scam, 'Put that behind you, put that behind you,' despite the fact that the Election was rife with fraud and irregularities."

Brooks has been ailing in the polls lately, much to the dismay of the former president. 

"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.' He listened to them. Then, according to the polls, Mo’s 44-point lead totally evaporated," wrote Trump.

"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.

Trump added that he will make a new endorsement in the race in short order.

Katie Britt, the former chief of staff to retiring Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), has been polling well, as has Army Veteran Mike Durant. Both candidates have been the beneficiaries of signifiant spending from outside groups. 

Brooks was one of a handful of lawmakers who spoke during Trump's Stop the Steal rally on January 6, 2021. He was the first House Republican to challenge the count of the Electoral College votes. During his initial endorsement of Brooks, Trump said "few Republicans have as much courage and fight" as the Alabama Rep. 

Earlier this month, during an interview with the Washington Examiner, Trump pondered if his chosen candidate had "changed."

Speaking about Brooks' comments at the Cullman rally, Trump said, "I'm disappointed that he gave an inarticulate answer and I’ll have to find out what he means. If it meant what he sounded like, I would have no problem changing [my endorsement] because when you endorse somebody, you endorse somebody based on principle."

"If he changed that principle, I would have no problem doing that. I’m determining right now, has Mo Brooks – has he changed?" he said.


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