Trump holds Mar-a-Lago meeting with U.S. Senate hopeful Mike Durant

By Dylan Smith March 23, 2022

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Durant recently met with former President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., his campaign confirmed with Yellowhammer News on Wednesday.

While noting that the two met on Monday, the Durant campaign would not comment further on the specifics of the meeting.

The meeting confirmation comes on the heels of Trump releasing a statement announcing that he had rescinded his endorsement of U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) Wednesday morning. The former president pointed to polling which showed that Brooks’ support among Republican voters had taken a significant downturn.

A series of recently-conducted polls show that Durant has ascended to the top of the three-candidate GOP primary field, with former Business Council of Alabama CEO Katie Britt polling as a close second.

Now that Durant has met with Trump, all top-tier Republican candidates in the race have received face time with the former president as Britt met with him in early February.

In pulling his endorsement of Brooks, Trump conveyed discontent with the congressman by claiming that he had gone “woke” and inadequately focused on the results of Trump’s election defeat. Seizing upon the opportunity was the Durant campaign, which signaled its willingness to adopt strong rhetoric regarding the issue of election integrity and the 2020 presidential election.

This past weekend, the U.S. Army veteran stated that he was “proud to be the only America First candidate and carry the banner for President Trump.”

“President Trump was ROBBED by the corrupt Democrats who changed the rules and then refused to investigate valid instances of fraud, and then was shockingly betrayed by do-nothing career politicians who refused to investigate,” proclaimed Durant.

He added, “Election integrity and the results of the 2020 election are the highest priority issues across the country right now… We need strong Republicans who will fight on this issue, not weak-kneed Republicans who will waffle like Mo Brooks. We won’t move on and we won’t forget!”

Trump on Wednesday morning stated his intentions to announce his new pick for Alabama’s next U.S. Senator “in the near future.”

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

ABOUT MIKE DURANT

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.