Apr 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Trump endorses ally Mo Brooks in Alabama U.S. Senate race

A combination image of Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., and former President Trump

Combination images of Rep. Mo Brooks and former President Trump. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images/Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former President Trump on Wednesday endorsed Rep. Mo Brooks' campaign for U.S. Senate in Alabama, saying in a statement that "few Republicans have as much COURAGE and FIGHT" as the congressman.

Why it matters: Both Brooks and rival candidate Lynda Blanchard, a businesswoman and Trump's former ambassador to Slovenia, had pushed hard to win the endorsement of Trump, who won 60% of the vote in Alabama in the 2020 presidential election.

  • Blanchard described herself as a "proud member of the MAGA movement" in a campaign ad last month, Politico notes.
  • But former Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) told CNN, "With President Trump's endorsement, it's clearly Mo's race to lose."

For the record: Brooks is a Trump loyalist who objected to the certification of President Biden's election win and helped organize the rally against the results held before the U.S. Capitol insurrection in January.

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