Former President Donald Trump made plainly clear after the 2020 election that while he may no longer be in the White House, Washington hasn’t seen the last of him. Now, he’s making good on that promise.
The Washington Examiner reports that Trump has come roaring back to the political scene this week with an endorsement in a key primary race out of Alabama that could determine the next make-up of the U.S. Senate.
The Examiner described the move as perhaps the first real test of Trump’s “clout” among Republican voters since he left office in January.
“A great conservative”
Part of the reason why this particular endorsement stands out from others Trump has issued since leaving the Oval Office is the fact that both candidates vying to run under the GOP for the Senate seat soon to be vacated by retiring Sen. Richard Shelby are closely aligned with the former president.
According to the Examiner, Rep. Mo Brooks, a close ally of Trump, ultimately got the nod over businesswoman Lynda Blanchard, who the then-president had appointed as U.S. ambassador to Slovenia.
“Few Republicans have as much COURAGE and FIGHT as Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday, according to AL.com.
“Mo 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,” the former president added.
“Mo Brooks is pro-life, loves our Military and our Vets, will protect our Second Amendment, combat the Biden open border agenda, is fighting for voter integrity (like few others), and was the Co-Chair of our winning, and record setting, Alabama campaign in 2020,” Trump said.
“Honored and humbled”
In response to the endorsement, Brooks said he was “honored and humbled” by Trump’s kind words. “I ask all Alabamians who share our America First vision to heed and honor President Trump’s request by joining our campaign,” he said.
Blanchard, meanwhile, said in a statement of her own that she remains “steadfast in my commitment to this race, to the people of Alabama and in my support of President Donald J. Trump,” despite the snub.
“I have been unwavering in my support of President Trump since the day he came down the escalator in June 2015,” she said, according to Politico. “He is the greatest president of my lifetime, and I intend to go to Washington as the United States Senator from Alabama to represent the America First agenda that President Trump championed every day.”
The only question left is whether Trump’s nod of approval will be enough to help Brooks overcome Blanchard, a strong challenger who raised $300,000 in just six weeks to end the first quarter with $5.2 million in campaign donations, as the Washington Examiner noted. Let the games begin.