Trump also cited Brooksâ€™ performance in the race, claiming that the people of Alabama have â€œdropped himâ€ because of his stance and that â€œnow I have done so also.â€
Brooks has hinged much of his campaigning on Trumpâ€™s endorsement, even changing his Twitter name to include that information. But the former president was reportedly aggrieved by Brooksâ€™ remarks at a rally last year encouraging attendees to move on from the 2020 election. More than 16 months after the vote, Trump still insists, falsely, that the vote was fraudulent.
â€œThereâ€™s no one in Alabama with the brain size of a pea or larger who would believe that Iâ€™m a woke liberal,â€ Brooks told NBC News in response to Trumpâ€™s statement.
Brooks, a longtime Trump ally, spoke at the rally on Jan. 6, 2021, during which Trump fired up a crowd of supporters prior to the siege on the U.S. Capitol. Brooks reportedly cheered the rioters as they did so.
Twitter users and media figures were stunned by Trumpâ€™s definition of â€œwokeâ€ these days: