After being booed at a Donald Trump rally for suggesting his supporters put the 2020 election behind them, U.S. Representative Mo Brooks was keen to reaffirm claims that the fraud deprived Trump of his re-election.
Trump drew an energetic crowd to a rally in Cullman on Saturday night, with Senator Tommy Tuberville describing him as “Trumpstock.” Brooks, like Tuberville, spoke before the former president. The congressman, who was backed by Trump in his bid to take the Senate seat from outgoing President Richard Shelby, repeated unsubstantiated claims that the fraud led to Joe Biden’s victory.
However, Brooks ran into part of the crowd when he suggested that supporters put 2020 behind them. This line of thought drew boos, and eventually the boos caused Brooks to back down somewhat. “Alright, well, look back, but go ahead and enjoy it,” he said. “We have to win in 2022. We have to win in 2024.”
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Shortly after the rally, Brooks sent out a “Let me be clear” tweet, claiming the fraud had been “massive” and he was anxiously awaiting the outcome of the state’s election audits.
The campaign of Katie Britt, another Republican candidate for Shelby’s Senate seat, seized the situation on Saturday night.
“Katie is running against a perennial candidate who has lost every time he ran statewide in his 40-year political career,” Britt spokesman Sean Ross said, ” and the momentum in this race clearly indicates yet another failure once more in 2022. Look tonight – he was almost booed from the stage. “
A statement released Sunday morning by the Brooks campaign made no mention of the boos, while saying the crowd had given Brooks a clear message.
“What emerges most clearly from the Save America rally is that Patriotic Americans above all want fair and accurate elections,” Brooks said in the statement. “They are angry with what happened to President Trump in 2020, and they want a senator who fearlessly fights electoral fraud and electoral theft of the Socialist Democrats.”
Brooks called the energy of the rally “electric” and celebrated Trump’s support for his Senate bid.
Brooks wasn’t the only one repelled by the crowds on Saturday. Some media, including Fox News, reported that Trump himself had been booed for encouraging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Note: This story has been updated with comments from Katie Britt’s Senate campaign.