Last week, former President Donald Trump announced his endorsement of Katie Britt for U.S. Senate. Trump had originally endorsed U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) but withdrew his endorsement earlier this year.
Former Senate candidate Jessica Taylor has endorsed Brooks in the primary runoff election and admitted she was “disappointed” in the former president’s decision to support Britt.
Thursday on WVNN’s “The Yaffee Program,” Taylor said Trump made a mistake in backing Britt for Senate.
“I’m really truly amazed at what President Trump did,” she outlined, “and I’m certainly disappointed in what he did and I think that he’s about the next deal and doing what’s best for him and to get power, and he’s not truly the ideological warrior that I thought he was.”
Taylor said she was shocked that Trump would support someone who she believed was a part of the “political establishment.”
“Yeah I was surprised because I believed in him,” she lamented. “Of course, there were some things that I wish he hadn’t done, like I wish at the inauguration he would have got up there and spoken, not taken his ball and gone home. That was his time on the stage, say your peace, say what you want to say, get your supporters a message out. I didn’t agree with that, but I still thought that he was someone who did want to fight back against this political establishment and machine, and now it’s like he wants to become one of them.”
She argued that Trump’s recent endorsements were more about making himself look good rather than choosing the best candidates for the country.
“He’s just backing people not because he believes like they do ideologically,” she argued, “because he believes they can win or they can help him garner power in this disgusting system in some way. I mean, he backed Dr. Oz and now the Britt campaign, and she’s clearly not that anti-establishment conservative candidate that I thought that he was. And he even spoke ill of her at the beginning of this race. Said she was in no way qualified.”
Taylor suggested the political process was more corrupt than she originally thought.
“I’m disheartened at the whole system,” she said. “I knew it was disgusting. I’ve been around it for many many years. I studied political science in law school, worked at the governor’s office, ran for Congress, and came very close to making that runoff, Barry Moore just barely beat me, and then six months campaigning in the race and I can tell you it’s even more disgusting than I thought. It didn’t help me at all that somebody I once believed in has become a part of that system.”
After dropping out of the race herself earlier this year, Taylor then supported Mike Durant but has now shifted to supporting Brooks since Durant didn’t make the runoff.
“He is the only conservative in this race,” she said. “He ideologically aligns with conservatives, and we know that without a doubt. He’s got a record of voting conservatively for a very long time in comparison with Katie Britt who almost all her activity aligns with more liberal interests.”