Former President Donald Trump on June 10 endorsed Katie Britt for U.S. Senate after he rescinded his endorsement of Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.).
Britt “is a fearless America First warrior,” Trump said in a statement. He said that Britt “Strongly Supports our under siege Second Amendment, Stands Up for Parental Rights, and Will Fight for our Military, our Vets, and Election Integrity.
Britt, a former aide to Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), said she was thankful for the endorsement.
“President Trump knows that Alabamians are sick and tired of failed, do-nothing career politicians. It’s time for the next generation of conservatives to step up and shake things up in Washington to save the country we know and love for our children and our children’s children,” she said in a statement. “In the Senate, I will fight to defend Alabama’s Christian conservative values, advance the America First agenda, and preserve the American Dream for generations to come.”
Brooks and Britt in May emerged from the Republican primary for the Senate seat, with neither drawing a majority of the vote.
Britt ended up with 45 percent and Brooks had 29 percent. Michael Durant, a military veteran, earned 23 percent.
Brooks had called on Trump to re-endorse him, asserting he will better promote Trump’s agenda in the Senate.
After Trump’s endorsement of Britt, Brooks noted that Trump in the past has asserted that Britt isn’t qualified for the seat.
“I see that the RINO Senator from Alabama, close friend of Old Crow Mitch McConnell, Richard Shelby, is pushing hard to have his ‘assistant’ fight the great Mo Brooks for his Senate seat,” Trump said in a statement in 2021.
The former president has increased his negative comments against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) since leaving office.
“Donald Trump is the only man in American politics who could get conned by Mitch McConnell twice in an Alabama Senate race,” Brooks said, adding that Trump “endorses the wrong people sometimes,” citing Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) as an example.
“Alabama grassroots remember in 2017 when Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell got involved in a Senate primary in Alabama—and we rejected them,” Brooks said. “The people of Alabama will decide.”