Friday evening, former President Donald Trump announced his endorsement of Republican Katie Britt in Alabama’s 2022 race for the U.S. Senate.
The endorsement comes just 11 days out from the June 21 GOP primary runoff election.
In a statement announcing the endorsement, Trump railed against U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), who lost the 45th president’s endorsement in late March.
“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’s statement began. “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.”
According to Trump, Brooks drew his ire when the congressman told rally attendees to “look ahead” to the midterm elections rather than mourn the 2020 presidential election results, which prompted the endorsement to be rescinded seven months later.
“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,” lamented the former president. “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?”
Trump continued, “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 pushed back against Brooks’ claim that Britt held the support of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Instead, the 45th president indicated that he believed U.S. Army veteran Mike Durant, who finished third in the May 24 primary election, could have been McConnell’s favored candidate.
“Katie Britt, on the other hand, is a fearless America First Warrior,” proclaimed Trump. “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.”
He then touted Britt for her former service as head of the Business Council of Alabama, the state’s largest business advocacy organization.
“Katie is an Incredible Fighter for the people of Alabama,” advised Trump. “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.
He added, “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!” concluded Trump.
In reacting to the endorsement, Britt expressed gratitude to Trump and stated her intentions of advancing the “America First agenda” as Alabama’s junior senator.
“I’m thankful to have President Trump’s endorsement and strong support,” said Britt in a statement. “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.”
According to a poll released earlier on Friday by the Alabama Forestry Association (AFA), which was conducted by Trump-favored polling firm McLaughlin & Associates, Britt holds an 18-point lead over Brooks.
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL