Republicans Katie Britt and Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama are distancing themselves from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell after McConnell suggested there were no problems with the 2020 election. Britt and Brooks are competing, along with “Black Hawk Down” veteran Mike Durant, for the U.S. Senate seat that retiring Sen. Richard Shelby will leave open later this year.
After South Dakota Republican Sen. Mike Rounds on Sunday dismissed election complaints and claimed the 2020 election “was fair, as fair as we have seen,” McConnell backed Rounds’ comments on Tuesday, telling CNN, “I think Sen. Rounds told the truth about what happened in the 2020 election. … And I agree with him.” Republican Sen. Mitt Romney piped in on Monday to comment that “Mike Rounds speaks truth knowing that our republic depends on it.”
But candidates in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama struck a different tone, which may be more in touch with their voters on election integrity concerns than the GOP Old Guard in Washington is.
“President Trump is right about the 2020 election. Mitch McConnell is wrong,” Brooks told The Federalist when asked if he agreed with McConnell’s assessment of the 2020 presidential election.
“That’s why I stood with Donald Trump when it mattered most, between November 3rd and January 6th, while McConnell and the Washington establishment were abandoning him — and I’m still standing with him,” Brooks continued. “McConnell’s refusal to say what grassroots conservatives across America know and speak the truth about 2020, coupled with his being the most unpopular elected official in Washington, combine to persuade me that Republicans must find a better Senate GOP leader.”
Britt also challenged establishment Republicans’ assumption that the 2020 election was problem-free. “Without a doubt, Katie believes election fraud occurred,” Britt’s spokesman Sean Ross told The Federalist. “Election security is one of the most pressing priorities Katie discusses on the campaign trail, and she has made it clear throughout the campaign that she believes a nationwide forensic audit of the 2020 election is needed to get to the bottom of what happened and ensure the integrity of American elections in the future.”
“We can’t allow D.C. Democrats, Big Tech, and the mainstream media to rig elections, which is one of the reasons why Katie continues to stress that Republicans must defeat the disastrous H.R. 1 and S. 1.,” Ross added.
Britt is Shelby’s former chief of staff and is considered to be McConnell’s pick in the race. She’s also received campaign funds from Republican U.S. Senators Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Deb Fischer, R-Neb. Brooks has represented Alabama’s fifth district in the U.S. House since 2011 and is endorsed by Trump.
Durant did not respond to The Federalist’s request for comment by publication time.