Former President Donald Trump has withdrawn his support for Republican Moe Brooks in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama, a major blow to Congressman’s campaign.
In a statement, Trump cited Brooks ‘performance in the race, weak campaign workers, and what he thought was a softening of Brooks’ position on claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Trump has said he will announce another approval “in the near future.”
“Sadly, since he decided to go the other way, I did, and I’m withdrawing my approval of Moe Brooks for the Senate. I don’t think the great people of Alabama would agree with me,” Trump said in a statement.
Trump has supported Brooks since last April, more than a year before the May 24 primary, rewarding conservative firebrands and allies who whipped crowds of Trump supporters at a rally on January 6, 2021, before the Capitol uprising.
Brooks has since found himself in an early battle with two powerful rivals: Katie Britt, a former head of a state business group, and Mike Durant, a businessman known as a helicopter pilot who was shot in 1993’s “Black Hawk Down” and Take prisoner. “Incident.
The Alabama Senate race will decide who will replace retired U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, a fellow Republican. Britt previously served as Shelby’s chief of staff.