U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) is doubling down on his support of former President Donald Trump's 2024 presidential race, while outgoing U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) is looking elsewhere for a potential candidate.
After months of speculation, Trump made an official announcement Tuesday evening during a crowded rally at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
After a Republican showing that was less sweeping than expected in this month's midterm election, many have wondered if the luster and appeal of Trump have waned since he left office.
The success of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in his state has made him a top contender for the GOP nomination in 2024.
Brooks praised DeSantis's success in Florida, comparing it to Trump's "crude name-calling" and "poor character."
Brooks, a long-time supporter of Trump, spoke several times at his rallies and proudly bore his endorsement until finally losing it in favor of Katie Britt in Brooks' failed bid for U.S Senate.
Although Brooks has not said which candidate he would support for a 2024 presidential run, losing Trump's endorsement has changed Brooks' view of the former president.
"In 2020, there was no other option," Brooks told the New York Times. "In 2024 we will have candidates who are vastly superior and will do much, much better competing against the Democrat nominee than the loser Donald Trump has proven himself to be."
In a recent appearance on Fox Business Network's "Mornings with Maria," Tuberville said he would "100%" be backing Trump's 2024 bid, pointing to his perceived failures of the Democratic party as his motivation.
"Look at what he did before he was kicked out of office," Tuberville said. "He had this country going in the right direction. He's not a politician. He stood up to the mainstream media. They don't like him, I can understand that, but he stood up for the American people. Look where we're at now. I've been here for two years since President Trump lost; this is devastating. We just elected this group to run this country again for two more years. We're getting ready, if we aren't already in a recession, it's getting ready to get really bad."
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