Former President Donald Trump has pulled his endorsement from Alabama Senate candidate and congressman, Mo Brooks in a statement released yesterday. Trump cited the reason for withdrawing the endorsement as Brooks was going “woke”, which raised questions on his loyalty. Also, the congressman made the “horrible mistake” of suggesting Republicans move on from the 2020 loss.
“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’, Since he decided to go in another direction, so have I, and I am hereby withdrawing my Endorsement.” -read the statement issued by Donald Trump yesterday.
Donald Trump’s endorsement withdrawal came as a severe blow to Brooks’ already struggling campaign. However, the Alabama congressman doesn’t intend to withdraw from the Senate race because he is “the only proven America First candidate” as he described himself, and predicting “the people of Alabama will see that on Election Day”.
“I honour my oath to protect the U.S Constitution”, replies Brooks
Brooks replied to the withdrawal of Trump’s endorsement by deeming the ex-President’s demand to overturn the election results as unconstitutional, and he only did what he did to honour his oath to protect the U.S. Constitution.
“I’ve told President Trump the truth knowing full well that it might cause President Trump to rescind his endorsement. But I took a sworn oath to defend and protect the U.S. Constitution. I honour my oath,” Brooks said.
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 path ahead for Brooks seems rough in the face of the May 24 primary.
Mo Brooks has found himself stuck in a three-way race to replace incumbent Republican Senator Richard Shelby, who is all set to retire. Brooks is up against Michael Durant and Katie Britt, a former aide to Shelby, in the May 24 primary elections. Both of Brooks’ opponents have recently met with the former President, according to a Trump advisor. A recent poll showcased Brooks slipping, trailing in the distance behind Britts and Durant.
Getting endorsed by the former President really was an important factor in Brooks’ campaign, and losing it has outlined a rough path ahead for Brooks.
Trump pulls Brooks’ endorsement just three days after he joined the anti-McConnell band
Mo Brooks called for Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell to be ousted as Senate GOP leader in a new web advertisement released three days ago. Brooks unveiled his pledge to America to “fire” Mitch McConnell and that America can’t afford a “weak-kneed” “debt-junkie” as a Senate leader.
“Today I unveil my pledge to America to fire Mitch McConnell. If elected to the Senate, I will not vote for Mitch McConnell for leader, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that Republicans choose a conservative to be leader.” -said Brooks.
“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,” -he added.
Despite much encouragement from Trump, the sentiment against McConnell still hasn’t caught momentum and Brooks is only one of three major conservative Senate candidates in favour of ousting the Kentucky Republican. Brooks joined Eric Greitens of Missouri and Kelly Tshibaka of Alaska in support of removing Mitch McConnell.