Despite the numerous investigations, probes, and overall kerfuffles that Donald Trump has found himself embroiled in over the last several months out of office, it is undeniable that he remains one of the most influential politicians of our modern era.
So while we await whatever fate the January 6th select committee has for him, or if any actual charges will be forthcoming from an investigation in Manhattan, the former President is still able to wield that power over the GOP.
The latest example of this can be found in Alabama this week.
Katie Britt, a former top aide to Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., has defeated Rep. Mo Brooks in Alabama’s Republican Senate primary runoff, NBC News projects.
The race to succeed Shelby, who is retiring, had flummoxed former President Donald Trump, whose early endorsement of Brooks was consistent with what had been a close political alliance.
But here is where Trump’s uncanny efficiency can be witnessed in full.
But Trump soured on Brooks, who had expressed a desire to move on from the 2020 election that Trump continues to falsely claim he won. Brooks, once an early favorite in the race, saw his poll numbers decline, and Trump withdrew his endorsement. Brooks ultimately rallied to earn a spot in the runoff against Britt, but she had long since become the GOP front-runner. Trump eventually endorsed her less than two weeks ago.
This is just one of many Trump-endorsed candidates to win their primaries thus far in 2022, further solidifying No. 45’s firm grip on the Republican rudder.