Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Katie Britt in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race, calling Sen. Richard Shelby’s former chief of staff “a fearless America First Warrior” in a statement Friday night.
“Katie is an Incredible Fighter for the people of Alabama,” Trump said. “As President and CEO of Alabama’s Business Council, Katie has been working hard to Grow Alabama’s Economy, Create Jobs, and Restore the Great American Dream. She has the Total Support and Endorsement of Chairman Jimmy Parnell and the Alabama Farmers Federation.”
“I’m thankful to have President Trump’s endorsement and strong support,” Britt said in a statement to AL.com.
“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. 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.”
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Trump said Britt strongly supports “our under siege Second Amendment, stands up for parental rights, and will fight for our military, our vets, and election integrity.
“Above all, Katie Britt will never let you down. So Get Out and Vote for Katie Britt on June 21st in the Alabama Senate Runoff—she has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump continued.
Trump’s endorsement comes after he withdrew his backing of Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville in March, after claiming the conservative congressman became “woke” for telling a Trump rally last summer to move past the 2020 election.
“Last year I endorsed Mo Brooks for the U.S. Senate because I thought he was a Fighter, especially when it came to the Rigged and Stolen Presidential Election of 2020. The evidence is irrefutable. Then, out of nowhere, and for seemingly no reason, Mo backtracked and made a big mistake by going Woke at our massive Cullman, Alabama Rally.” Trump said. “Instead of denouncing the Voter Fraud in the Election, Mo lectured the crowd of 63,000 people saying, ‘Put that behind you, put that behind you,’ meaning that, in effect, forget the Rigged Election and go on to the future. The problem is, if you do that, it will happen again. Also, why do Republicans allow Democrats to get away with rigging and stealing elections? Mo was strongly booed by tens of thousands of Great Alabama Patriots for abandoning his constituents, and what they know to be true about the Election Fraud. He foolishly started listening to the wrong consultants and not to the people, and his 54-point lead evaporated overnight. Likewise, his words caused me to withdraw my Endorsement, and Mo has been wanting it back ever since—but I cannot give it to him!”
Britt squares off against Brooks in Alabama’s Republican primary runoff June 21. The winner faces Democrat Will Boyd in November to decide who will succeed the retiring Shelby.
Brooks could not immediately be reached for comment Friday night.
As early as Wednesday night, Brooks pointed out that Trump had not endorsed his rival after Trump took back his endorsement of the congressman.
The race has been a battle over who most closely aligns with Trump’s agenda.
Brooks has portrayed Britt as being linked to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican establishment.
“Mitch McConnell’s team bragged openly — openly — that they had already spent $2 million attacking me and backed Katie Britt,” Brooks said on Election Day. “They’re not even trying to hide anymore like they normally do. Katie Britt is Mitch McConnell’s candidate and they want to make sure I’m never in the Senate. More than that, they want to tell Alabama conservatives who to vote for. Is this what we want?”
Britt, 40, has campaigned as a fresh face in contrast with Brooks’ 12 years in Washington.
“It is clear tonight that Alabamians want new blood. They want new blood to go to Washington, D.C. and shake it up” Britt said on Election Day. “It is clear they want a Christian conservative who believes in an America-first agenda and doesn’t just talk about it but knows how to actually get something done.”
Both Britt and former Army helicopter pilot Mike Durant — who did not make the runoff after coming in third place in the May 24 primary — had met with the former president after he walked back his Brooks endorsement as Trump mulled which candidate he would back, if any.