Former President Trump is having some second thoughts on an endorsement he issued in the Alabama GOP Senate primary.
In an exclusive interview with the Washington Examiner Trump said that Congressman Mo Brooks is “disappointing”.
Trump continued, “I’m determining right now, has Mo Brooks — has he changed?”
The former President issued an endorsement to his close ally Rep. Brooks in spring of 2021. This immediately put Brooks in a prime position to win the primary to replace retiring Senator Richard Shelby (R).
“Nearly seven months after Brooks urged voters at a Trump rally in Alabama to stop feeling “despondent” about 2020 and “look forward” to 2022 and 2024, the former president said he has lingering doubts about backing the congressman. Trump said he endorsed Brooks because the congressman shared both his view that the 2020 election was stolen and a commitment to uncover how it happened. If Brooks’s position has changed, Trump said, so might his support.”
“I’m disappointed that he gave an inarticulate answer, and I’ll have to find out what he means,” Trump said, referring to Brooks’s remarks at his rally in Alabama last August. “If it meant what he sounded like, I would have no problem changing [my endorsement] because when you endorse somebody, you endorse somebody based on principle. If he changed that principle, I would have no problem doing that.”
The other candidates in the race include Senator Richard Shelby’s former Chief of Staff Mike Durant and Katie Britt who most recently served as the CEO of Alabama’s business council.
A recent poll showed Durant in the lead with 33.8%, Britt with 32% and Brooks at 17.6%. Nearly half the poll respondents were unaware that President Trump endorsed Mo Brooks.