Despite Donald Trump’s pair of impeachments and his re-election loss, his endorsement is still a hot commodity for Republican candidates. He’s long made it clear that loyalty to him, no matter what, is a prerequisite for that endorsement. Now, he’s hinting that those who he’s already endorsed could lose his support by not doing enough to promote his false claims about the 2020 election.
Trump has endorsed primary challengers to some Republicans who haven’t shown him the deference he demands, such as Liz Cheney (R-WY), who not only voted in favor of his impeachment, but subsequently joined the January 6th Committee to investigate the attack on the Capitol by his supporters. Now, though, it’s clear that even some of his most ardent supporters could lose his endorsement if they’re not careful.
Mo Brooks (R-AL) is really proud of his Trump endorsement status. His social media profiles have been edited to show just how much value he places on the ousted former President’s backing.
However, Brooks seems to have upset Trump by telling rallygoers to stop focusing on the 2020 election and look forward to the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential election. Trump reportedly told the Washington Examiner that he was disappointed in Brooks, and indicated that he’s trying to decide whether this was a mere messaging error, or if Brooks has “changed.”
Trump said that he had endorsed Brooks “based on principle,” and “If he changed that principle, I would have no problem [withdrawing the endorsement].”
Primaries are coming up quickly, and Brooks’ is already a tight race. AL Daily News reported last month that two separate polls had differing results, with Brooks leading (35% of the vote with the nearest challenger, Mike Durant receiving 30%, and Katie Britt 25%) one, and trailing slightly (28% compared to 29% for Britt and 23% for Durant) in the other.
While Trump’s endorsement offers an edge, this latest from him suggests that it comes with an obligation to keep pushing the false claim that the 2020 election was ‘stolen’ and that it should be the main focus — even if that costs Republicans votes for Senate and House elections.
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