Donald Trump has endorsed Mo Brooks in the 2022 U.S. Senate race in Alabama, providing a boost to the Republican congressman who led the effort to challenge the Electoral College results in Congress on January 6.
“Few Republicans have as much COURAGE and FIGHT as Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks,” Trump said in a statement to be released Wednesday morning according to Politico. Brooks is “a great Conservative Republican leader, who will stand up for America First no matter what obstacles the Fake News Media, RINOs, or Socialist Democrats may place in his path,” he added.
Brooks was the first member of Congress to announce that he would challenge the certification of election results on Jan. 6, even after the courts tossed out every legal challenge to overturn the election brought by Trump and his allies in states across the country.
Before he tried to overturn democracy though, Brooks gave a fiery speech to the mob on the Ellipse near the White House at the ‘Save America’ rally that preceded the insurrection. He told the crowd, “today is the day that American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.”
Last month he called Capitol rioters “fools”.
Trump’s endorsement of his fellow inciter is a blow to Lynda Blanchard, Brooks’ challenger who served as ambassador to Slovenia under Trump. She was also vying for the coveted Trump endorsement in the state the ex-president received more than 60 percent of the vote.
Still, Blanchard, who has spent $5 million of her money on the race ways she has no plans of dropping out of the race.
The two candidates are running to replace retiring Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, who has held the seat since 1987.