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Allegedly “woke” U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) has received some bad news from former president and reigning GOP kingmaker Donald J. Trump.
The former POTUS on Wednesday rescinded his endorsement of the congressman’s bid for the U.S. Senate to replace the retiring Richard Shelby, 86. Shelby was first elected to the U.S. Senate (as a Democrat) in 1986 after four terms in the House. He switched parties in 1994.
In a statement released through his Save America political action committee, Trump called out Brooks — who spoke at the January 6, 2021 Stop the Steal rally — for seemingly changing his tune about alleged improprieties in the 2020 election.
“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 Election was rife with fraud and irregularities,” Trump declared.
“If we forget, the Radical Left Democrats will continue to Cheat and Steal Elections,” Trump, with his own capitalization style, continued. “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.”
President Donald J. Trump:
“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 Election was rife with fraud and… pic.twitter.com/UuvVAGWnsa
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) March 23, 2022
The 45th U.S. president went on to suggest that former staunch ally Brooks has lost all of his momentum.
“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,” Trump claimed. “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 Election, 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 country anymore. I will be making a new Endorsement in the near future!
If this assessment is accurate, Brooks would hardly be the only politician who was led astray by election consultants.
The GOP primary in Alabama is scheduled for May 24, 2022.
According to the Washington Examiner, Trump might have other reasons for revoking the Brooks endorsement in the solidly red state.
“But with Brooks trailing Republican primary opponents Katie Britt and Mike Durant in recent polls, it is just as likely the former president was interested in preserving his political credibility.”
Some Republican insiders claim, moreover, that Brooks is a lackluster campaigner. He has also supposedly experienced difficulties raising money for the race.
According to one recent poll, the once front-running Brooks is currently languishing in third place in the primary contest. In a poll released on Tuesday, “34.6% of Republican voters said they would choose retired Army helicopter pilot Mike Durant, while 28.4% would support Katie Britt, retiring Senator Richard Shelby’s former chief of staff, and 16.1% said they would support Brooks,” CBS News reported.
Trump reportedly had a sit-down with Durant on Monday in Mar-a-Lago. He has also apparently met with Britt.
Perhaps as a foreshadowing of the dis-endorsement, Trump earlier this month told the Examiner that Brooks was “disappointing” and that he would have no reluctance in with changing his endorsement if the six-term congressman really no longer felt strongly about election fraud.
Let me be clear, the 2020 election was fraught with voter fraud & election theft on a massive scale. If only legal votes cast by eligible American citizens were counted, Trump won the election. I support audits of state 2020 election results, & I eagerly await their findings.
— Mo Brooks – Endorsed By President Trump 🇺🇸 (@MoBrooks) August 22, 2021
On Sunday, perhaps as a way to ingratiate himself with Trump, Brooks uploaded a campaign commercial in which he vowed, if elected, to support someone other than Mitch McConnell, the former president’s rhetorical sparring partner, for majority leader if Republicans take control of the upper chamber on Election Day 2022.
“America can’t afford a Senate leader who is a weak-kneed, debt junkie, open-border RINO Republican, and who, worse yet, sells out America for special interest group cash,” Brooks declared in the ad.
In January, all three Alabama GOP candidates were non-committal about whether they would back the Kentucky lawmaker, currently the minority leader, for the job, however.
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