Montgomery, Ala. – donald trump endorsed Katie Britt in a US Senate race in Alabama on Friday, doubling down on the former president’s decision to reject his previous pick in the Republican primary.
Trump called Britt “an incredible fighter for the people of Alabama”. The former president initially objected US Rep. Mo Brooks in the running, but rescinded that endorsement in March after their relationship deteriorated.
Britt was chief of staff to retired US Senator Richard Shelby before he resigned to run a state-owned corporation and is now running to fill Shelby’s vacant seat. Britt and Brooks will face off in the June 21 runoff that will determine the Republican nominee.
“Most of all Katie Britt will never let you down,” Trump wrote, adding, “She has my full and unreserved approval!”
The decision was another blow to Brooks, who had tried to regain Trump’s support. “Mo has wanted it back ever since,” Trump said in confirmation on Friday, “but I can’t give it to him! Katie Britt, on the other hand, is a fearless America First Warrior.”
Trump backed Brooks last year, rewarding the conservative arsonist who had been an ardent supporter of Trump’s false claims of voter fraud in 2020. Brooks whipped up a crowd of Trump supporters at the Jan. 6, 2021 rally that preceded the US Capitol riot.
But trump drew this confirmation, citing Brooks’ languishing performance in the race. He also accused Brooks of “waking up” to saying at a Cullman rally that it was time to step away from litigation in the 2020 presidential election and instead focus that energy on the upcoming election.
Britt led the primary field in the May primary and has sought Trump’s support since stepping down from Brooks.
Trump’s glowing endorsement of Britt stands in stark contrast Statements he made a year ago about her when he called her “in no way qualified” and described her as an “assistant” to a “RINO senator” and referred to Shelby as “a Republican in name only.”
Britt said Friday she was grateful to have Trump’s support. “President Trump knows that Alabamaans are fed up with failed, inactive career politicians,” she said in a statement. “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 grandchildren.”
Despite losing Trump’s support in March, Brooks had continued to campaign under the label “MAGA Mo,” a nod to the slogan “Make America Great Again,” and challenged Britt to a debate on the unique issue of whether the 2020 election was “stolen.” ” had been .”
Brooks tweeted Friday that Alabama voters will decide the race.
“Let’s just admit it: Trump sometimes supports the wrong people,” Brooks wrote, noting that a Trump-backed candidate lost the 2017 Senate race in Alabama.
Trump polished his kingmaker status last month by rescinding a trailing Senate candidate in Ohio for the Republican nomination, and in Pennsylvania, Republican voters voted his preferred gubernatorial candidate, who said he did not certify President Joe Biden’s state victory in 2020.
Georgia voters, however, dismissed Trump’s efforts to unseat the state’s Republican Governor and Secretary of State, both dismissed his extraordinary pressure to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. That has raised questions about whether Republican voters will start away from trump, ahead of another potential White House run.
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