Former President Trump has officially withdrawn his endorsement of Alabama Senator Mo Brooks. The move could work to prove just how much influence Trump truly still has over the GOP if Brooks manages to win re-election.
The Hill reports:
“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,’” Trump said in a statement issued on Wednesday morning.
“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.”
Trump has reportedly been considering rescinding his endorsement for a while and has already met with other candidates in the Republican primary. Trump has met with Katie Britt, a former aide to retiring Sen. Richard Shelby.
The former president had also spoken out about remarks from Brooks at a rally last year encouraging people to move on from the 2020 election, which Trump has said, without evidence, was subject to election fraud.
“I’m disappointed that he gave an inarticulate answer, and I’ll have to find out what he means,” the former president said of Brooks last week, noting that if the Alabama lawmaker “meant what he sounded like,” Trump would have “no problem” walking back his endorsement.
During his Wednesday statement, Trump hit again on Brooks’ decision to steer away from talking from 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 said.