Mike Durant: ‘The American people were robbed in 2020’ — ‘I never would have voted to certify that election’

By Dylan Smith May 3, 2022

(Mike Durant for Senate/YouTube)

Tuesday, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mike Durant released a television advertisement centered around the controversial issue of election integrity and the 2020 presidential election.

In the 30-second spot, Durant repeats his past assertion that the election was “robbed” and suggests that Democrats had “stacked the deck” against former President Donald Trump.

“The American people were robbed in 2020. Democrats changed the rules,” Durant says in the ad. “The media covered up Hunter Biden’s laptop, and they stacked the deck against President Trump from the start. I never would have voted to certify that election, and until we have election integrity, the left will continue to cheat. They gave us open borders, rising inflation and assault our way of life. We need a senator who is tough enough to fight back.”


The issue of election integrity quickly became a point of contention in the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) after Trump revoked his endorsement of U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) in March, claiming that the congressman had not sufficiently scrutinized the 2020 general election.

In a statement announcing his campaign’s TV ad release, Durant took aim at GOP primary rival Katie Britt by questioning her stance surrounding the issue.

“The American people were robbed in 2020,” he stated. “Establishment Republicans turned their back on President Trump, voted to certify the 2020 election, and gave Joe Biden the White House. Alabama deserves another pro-Trump Senator who is tough enough to fight back. I would have never voted to certify that election, but Katie Boyd Britt refuses to say the same. Elections are the backbone of our Democracy. If Katie Boyd Britt can’t muster the courage to stand up to the swamp on this key issue – Alabama can’t trust who she will represent in the Senate.”

Britt has gone on the record throughout the race calling for a “nationwide forensic audit” in order to “get to the bottom” of what occurred in the last presidential election.

Yellowhammer News published an exclusive piece in February covering each Senate candidate’s position on voting integrity and the 2020 presidential election.

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL

Original article: https://yellowhammernews.com/mike-durant-the-american-people-were-robbed-in-2020-i-never-would-have-voted-to-certify-that-election/


On October 3rd, 1993, during combat Operation Gothic Serpent in Mogadishu Somalia, “Super Six Four,” the Blackhawk helicopter flown by Mike Durant, was hit by an RPG and crashed in the city.

Mike and and his crew, Ray Frank, Bill Cleveland, and Tommy Field, all badly injured, fought for their lives as a violent mob approached. Witnessing what was about to happen from above, two members of the elite Special Operations unit Delta Force – MSG Gary Gordon and SFC Randy Shughart – volunteered to be inserted to defend them. They too were eventually overcome by the mob.

But Mike Durant, somehow survived, was captured and held as a POW by Somali General Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

The heroic actions of Gordon and Shughart – who were both posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor – are the reason Mike is alive today. Mike has seen sacrifice – fellow service members who put honor, country, and mission above all else. He knows firsthand that the United States leaves no one behind.

While in captivity, Mike heard the voice and promise of Dan Jollota broadcast from the sky:

“Mike Durant, we will not leave without you.”

Now, Mike is signing up for one more tour of duty to serve his country and Alabama in the United States Senate.

He’s watched as the Biden administration has deserted these core principles – abandoning our allies, along with American citizens, in Afghanistan; cowering to the influence of the Chinese as they evade responsibility for the Wuhan Virus; and letting the radical left open our borders and try and re-define the essence of what America stands for through misguided and distorted revisions of our history like “critical race theory”.

Mike believes that President Trump was the first President in his lifetime who always pushed for policies that put America first. That’s because he knows that America is more than just a country – it is a beacon of hope and freedom for the entire world.

President Trump knew it, Mike Durant lived it. And he will carry that vision forward in the U.S. Senate.

Mike Durant was released from captivity in Somalia after 11 days. He would later write a book titled In the Company of Heroes, about his experience on that mission in Somalia and the many other missions he participated in during his career. He also wrote The Night Stalkers, about the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) in which he served.

After retiring from the Army with 22 years of active-duty service, Mike moved to Alabama with his family to start a new chapter in his life. He started and grew a highly successful business – Pinnacle Solutions, an engineering and services company based in Huntsville.

In thirteen years, Pinnacle has grown from a home office-based startup to over 500 employees and more than 175 subcontractor personnel operating in sixteen US and international locations with major prime and subcontract efforts supporting the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, NASA and the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics and a Master of Business Administration in Aviation degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Mike’s military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with Valor device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, one with Valor device, the POW/MIA ribbon, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and numerous other awards.

He and his wife Lisa (also an Army Aviator) reside in Huntsville and have a family of six children, four boys and two girls, three grandchildren and a fourth on the way.