Trump endorses Alabama Senate candidate Katie Britt after unseating Mo Brooks

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Former President Donald Trump endorsed Alabama Senate candidate Katie Britt on Friday night, declaring his opposition to a candidate he had previously endorsed, Rep. Mo Brooks.

Trump, in an email Friday night, said he didn’t endorse Brooks because he “woke up” to the 2020 election issue.

“Last year I supported Mo Brooks for the US Senate because I thought he was a fighter,” Trump wrote in a press release. “Then out of nowhere, and seemingly for no reason, Mo backtracked and made a big mistake waking up at our massive Cullman, Alabama rally.”

Senate candidates Katie Britt (L) and Mo Brooks (R)
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Senate candidates Katie Britt (L) and Mo Brooks (R)
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Trump continued, “Instead of calling out voter fraud in the election, Mo lectured the crowd of 63,000 by saying, ‘Put that behind you, put that behind you,’ which basically means , forget about the rigged election and move on to the future. The problem is that if you do that, it will happen again.

Brooks and Britt are running to fill incumbent Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., seat in the Senate. They face each other in a run-off primary election on June 21.

FILE - Former U.S. President Donald Trump greets U.S. Senate candidate and U.S. Representative Mo Brooks, R-Ala., on stage during a "save america" gathering at York Family Farms on August 21, 2021 in Cullman, Alabama.

FILE – Former U.S. President Donald Trump greets U.S. Senate candidate and U.S. Representative Mo Brooks, R-Ala., on stage during a “Save America” ​​rally at York Family Farms on August 21, 2021 in Cullman , Alabama.
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Brooks has tried to win back Trump’s endorsement in his Senate race, launching a campaign asking the former president to “reapprove Mo.”

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Trump called Britt “America’s first fearless warrior” and assured voters that she would align her policies with the Make America Great Again movement.

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“The proud mother of two wonderful children, Katie, along with her great husband, Wesley, a star for the University of Alabama and the New England Patriots, are true champions of the American family,” said Trump.

Britt took a victory lap on social media after the announcement, declaring her commitment to the “America First” political agenda.

Brooks fired back with a statement saying that Trump is “the only man in American politics who could be had by Mitch McConnell twice in a race for the Alabama Senate.”

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“It’s weird: The last time Donald Trump talked about Katie Britt, he said she didn’t qualify for the Senate,” Brooks said Friday night. “Let’s face it: Trump endorses the wrong people sometimes. He endorsed Mitt Romney, he endorsed John McCain and now he endorsed Katie Britt, whom his own son, Don Jr. called ‘Liz Cheney from Alabama’.”

“The Alabama base remembers back in 2017 when Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell got involved in a Senate primary in Alabama — and we voted them down,” Brooks continued. “The people of Alabama will decide.”

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