Alabama GOP Sen. Mo Brooks will almost certainly not be a US senator for much longer.
Former President Donald Trump yanked his endorsement from Alabama Senate hopeful Mo Brooks on Wednesday, promising to make a new endorsement in the race before the May 24 primary.
Trump's stunning decision to untether himself from a candidate who became the first Republican congressman to vote against certifying the 2020 election results on January 6, 2021, comes amid several dismissive comments that Brooks recently made about the election. Brooks was booed at a rally last August upon telling the crowd they should look beyond the last presidential contest. And in the last two weeks, he has publicly accused Trump of asking him to break the law by exploring ways to reinstall him as commander-in-chief.
"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,'" Trump said in a statement.
He continued, "When I heard this statement, I said, 'Mo, you just blew the Election, and there's nothing you can do about it.'"
Brooks will stay in the Senate race despite Trump's decision, according to a source close to the congressman.
Trump, who vowed to throw his weight behind a different candidate in the "near future," met with Army veteran Mike Durant at Mar-a-Lago on Monday to discuss the race and get a better feel for the candidate, according to a person familiar with the meeting. He had previously told aides he is skeptical of Durant, who received a major boost in the race in the form of spending by More Perfect Union, an outside group that has committed to supporting moderate candidates in red and blue races.
Trump also met with former Alabama Business Council president Katie Britt earlier this year amid his frustrations over Brooks' lackluster performance. As CNN has previously reported, Trump has told allies he's impressed with Britt's fundraising and has taken a liking to her husband, Wesley Britt, who played for the New England Patriots.
Britt served as chief of staff to retiring Sen. Richard Shelby.
So there's plenty of Alabama Republicans who will come to Dear Leader Trump asking for his blessing, and the only question he will ask is "Do you believe Joe Biden stole the election from me and will you help me now get the White House back?"
In a statement Wednesday morning, Brooks accused Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, of manipulating him and said Trump had asked him to work to "immediately rescind" the November 2020 election and hold a special election to re-elect Trump. Brooks said he had repeatedly told Trump that the election could not be overturned after Jan. 6.
“I’ve told President Trump the truth knowing full well that it might cause President Trump to rescind his endorsement," the statement said. "But I took a sworn oath to defend and protect the U.S. Constitution. I honor my oath. That is the way I am. I break my sworn oath for no man."
Brooks tried to play both sides of the road and got run over standing in the middle. The lesson here is that the only thing that matters in Republican primaries is loyalty to Donald Trump, not to fact or America or your constituents. Brooks is done. He will not win the primary, especially in a state that elected Tommy Tuberville, the dumbest dirt clod in the entire Senate right now.
In a race drawing national attention and millions of dollars already spent on ads, our new exclusive Gray TV/Alabama Daily News poll shows the Republican primary for the chance to replace retiring Senator Richard Shelby is a close contest, but with some eye-catching movement. Our polling shows businessman Mike Durant with a 6 point lead over former Shelby Chief of Staff Katie Britt, and both well clear of Congressman Mo Brooks.
Gray TV/AL Daily News Poll by Cygnal, +/-4%
Mike Durant - 34.6%
Katie Britt - 28.4%
Mo Brooks - 16.1%
Lillie Boddie - 6.5%
Karla Dupriest - 0%
Jake Schafer - 0%
Undecided - 14.4%
“It’s hard to ignore the real story here, Mo Brooks sliding,” says Alabama Daily News Publisher Todd Stacy. “Only 16% in this poll, that’s down from 40% of the electorate in August, that’s an incredible slide that I have you to attribute to him not getting his message out--he’s not had a whole lot of ads that really support his campaign, but more importantly he’s had about $1.5 million dollars of ads spent from PACS attacking him.”
No, as a Republican elected, your one job is to help the GOP steal the 2024 election and crown Dear Leader Trump as dictator, and everyone knows it.And while Durant and Britt are in the lead, Trump's made it clear that he favors someone completely loyal to his regime.
Rep. Billy Long now the odds on favorite, and Mo Brooks's political career has been crucified on a national stage, and he serves as a warning to others: you serve Donald J. Trump or you are destroyed.