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On Friday, former Business Council of Alabama President and CEO Katie Britt's U.S. Senate effort got a shot in the arm from former President Donald Trump.
Trump, who had previously endorsed U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) before rescinding the endorsement, gave his nod to Britt, who according to two polls released earlier in the day, showed a significant advantage over Brooks.
According to Trump, Brooks lost his support at his 2021 rally in Cullman by suggesting that it was time to move on from the 2020 presidential election.
"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. "The evidence is irrefutable. 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. Instead of denouncing the Voter Fraud in the Election, Mo lectured the crowd of 63,000 people saying, ‘Put that behind you, put that behind you,’ meaning that, in effect, forget the Rigged Election and go on to the future. The problem is, if you do that, it will happen again. Also, why do Republicans allow Democrats to get away with rigging and stealing elections? Mo was strongly booed by tens of thousands of Great Alabama Patriots for abandoning his constituents, and what they know to be true about the Election Fraud. He foolishly started listening to the wrong consultants and not to the people, and his 54-point lead evaporated overnight. Likewise, his words caused me to withdraw my Endorsement, and Mo has been wanting it back ever since— but I cannot give it to him!"
Trump called Britt "fearless" and dismissed the claims that Britt was aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
"Katie Britt, on the other hand, is a fearless America First Warrior," he continued. "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. Katie is an Incredible Fighter for the people of Alabama. As President and CEO of Alabama's Business Council, Katie has been working hard to Grow Alabama's Economy, Create Jobs, and Restore the Great American Dream. She has the Total Support and Endorsement of Chairman Jimmy Parnell and the Alabama Farmers Federation.
"The proud mother of two wonderful children, Katie, along with her great husband, Wesley, a Star at the University of Alabama and the New England Patriots, are True Champions for the American Family. Katie Strongly Supports our under siege Second Amendment, Stands Up for Parental Rights, and Will Fight for our Military, our Vets, and Election Integrity. 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 applauded the endorsement in a statement to 1819 News.
"I'm thankful to have President Trump's endorsement and strong support," Britt said. "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. In the Senate, I will fight to defend Alabama's Christian conservative values, advance the America First agenda, and preserve the American Dream for generations to come."
Brooks responded Friday night with the following statement:
"This is weird: last time Donald Trump talked about Katie Britt, he said she was unqualified for the Senate.
"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.'
"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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