By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News
MONTGOMERY, Ala – Former President Donald Trump announced early this morning he is rescinding his endorsement of Congressman Mo Brooks in the race for U.S. Senate in Alabama.
Trump had hinted at an un-endorsement last week after the first poll emerged showing Brooks’ slide from frontrunner to distant third.
On Tuesday, an Alabama Daily News / Gray Television poll showed Brooks polling at just 16.1%, down from 40.8% in August.
Trump claims to be upset with Brooks’ comments at a Cullman rally last summer saying voters should look to the future to win elections instead of relitigating the 2020 election Trump lost.
“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 the statement.
“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.”
Trump said he would be making a new endorsement “in the near future!”
Brooks’ opponents Katie Britt and Mike Durant have each reportedly met with Trump recently to discuss the race.
Former President Trump withdraws his endorsement of Rep. Mo Brooks in Alabama Senate race. Brooks’ sin, as cited by Trump? Saying of the 2020 presidential election, ‘Put that behind you, put that behind you.’ A ‘horrible mistake,’ according to Trump. pic.twitter.com/KtE8b0sIjP
— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 23, 2022