After months of campaigning on an endorsement from President Donald Trump, U.S. Senate candidate Mo Brooks has lost that endorsement.
Trump released the following statement in an email to his "Save America" supporters:
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 [e]lection was rife with fraud and irregularities. If we forget, the Radical Left Democrats will continue to Cheat and Steal Elections. Just look at what is happening in Wisconsin, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and elsewhere, but tremendous progress has been made that will help us in 2022 and 2024. The 2020 Election was rigged, and we can’t let them get away with it.
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 all based on his “2020” statement made at our massive rally in Cullman, Alabama. When I heard his statement, I said, “Mo, you just blew the [e]lection, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” 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. 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 [c]ountry anymore. I will be making a new Endorsement in the near future!
Brooks released the following statement:
“It’s disappointing that, just like in 2017, President Trump lets Mitch McConnell manipulate him again. Every single negative TV ad against our campaign has come from McConnell and his allies. I wish President Trump wouldn’t fall for McConnell’s ploys, but, once again, he has.
“I have not changed. I am the only proven America First candidate in this Senate race. I am the only candidate who fought voter fraud and election theft when it counted, between November 3 and January 6.
“I repeat what has prompted President Trump’s ire. The only legal way America can prevent 2020’s election debacle is for patriotic Americans to focus on and win the 2022 and 2024 elections so that we have the power to enact laws that give us honest and accurate elections.
“President Trump asked me to rescind the 2020 elections, immediately remove Joe Biden from the White House, immediately put President Trump back in the White House, and hold a new special election for the presidency. As a lawyer, I’ve repeatedly advised President Trump that January 6 was the final election contest verdict and neither the U.S. Constitution nor the U.S. Code permit what President Trump asks. Period.
“I’ve told President Trump the truth knowing full well that it might cause President Trump to rescind his endorsement. But I took a sworn oath to defend and protect the U.S. Constitution. I honor my oath. That is the way I am. I break my sworn oath for no man.
“I’m still the most conservative candidate in the race. Katie Britt’s campaign is supported and funded by McConnell allies, and she’s still a high taxing, open borders, cheap foreign labor, Chamber of Commerce lobbyist.
“There’s only one conservative option in this race, and I am confident that the people of Alabama will see that on Election Day."
In a recent television ad, Brooks spoke about the endorsement, stating it is proof he is a conservative candidate with the experience needed for the job.
During a campaign stop in Escambia County in January, Brooks said that it’s important Republicans have a good working relationship with Trump.
When asked about his own strong relationship with Trump, Brooks said that if the former president were elected in 2024, “I’m confident Mister Trump and I will team up time after time to continue the MAGA agenda.” He added that Trump is unique in American politics.
“He’s very gregarious, dominates any room he’s in," Brooks said. "He has a way of captivating an audience. Very few people can interact as he does.”
In early March, Brooks told the St. Clair County Republican Party that he is the only conservative candidate in the top three, according to recent polls. The other candidates in the top three are Katie Britt and Mike Durant.
“I am the only conservative in the top three. The bottom tier three are at 5% combined,” Brooks said.
A recent poll conducted by Wisement Consulting on behalf of 1819 News showed Durant in the lead if voters had to vote now. Some 29% of respondents chose Durant, while 27.1% chose Katie Britt and 23.3% chose Mo Brooks. Just 16.6% reported as "undecided".
Brooks previously received other big endorsements from three former chairmen of the Alabama Republican party, Eagle Forum, Club for Growth, Senator Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Freedomworks, Sebastian Gorka, Mark Levine, and other conservatives.
Trump's endorsement for Brooks first came in April of 2021, more than a year before the May 24 Republican primary in Alabama.
The Alabama Senate race will decide who replaces retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, a fellow Republican.
Other candidates in the Republican primary are Lillie Boddie, Karla M. Dupriest and Jake Schafer.
Will Boyd, Brandaun Dean, Lanny Jackson and Victor Keith Williams are all running in the Alabama Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.
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