On Friday, former President Donald Trump came in with a late-race endorsement in the Alabama U.S. Senate Republican primary runoff contest for former Business Council of Alabama President and CEO Katie Britt.
Previously, Trump had endorsed Britt's opponent U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) but rescinded that endorsement earlier this year.
During an interview with Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a Mo Brooks supporter, called on Alabama Republican voters to discount the endorsement.
The junior U.S. Senator from Kentucky called Trump's endorsement "illogical and irrational".
Paul reminded listeners that in 2016, Brooks backed his presidential primary opponent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
"It's illogical," Paul said. "It's irrational. It makes no sense, so it should be just discounted. People in Alabama know that Mo Brooks is a conservative. You know, some of the things that apparently Trump may have gotten mad at him [about] is he supported Ted Cruz. But look, we ought to be bigger boys than that. I ran in 2016. Mo Brooks supported Ted Cruz over me as well. But the thing is, Ted Cruz is a conservative. And so, I think that without question, you want to get the most conservative senator and send him up to us. Alabama is a conservative state. If you send us sort of the establishment candidate, you'll end up sending us someone who could be here for 30 years voting for more spending and more deficits.
"That is my prediction of what will happen unless you really -- Alabama pulls together and sends us a conservative. One of the interesting things [that] are really reporting very well is I looked at one of the polls from earlier this week with most likely voters. It is a three-point race. Some of the polls are trying to say, 'Oh, the race is already over.' But the interesting thing is when you look at most likely voters in a small election, it's a three-point race. So, I think if people are conservative and they're listening to this, do your homework. I promise you there's a lot of evidence of Mo Brooks' voting record that he is the constitutional conservative in this case. And all of the money is coming from the big-government establishment, which are often part of the problem in Washington."
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