Watch: Mike Durant denounces Lincoln Project, denies anti-Trump group’s involvement with campaign

ByDylan Smith May 6, 2022

(Mike Durant for Senate/YouTube)

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mike Durant drew criticism from his GOP primary rivals this past weekend when he opted not to respond to an on-camera question asking the candidate if he would denounce the Lincoln Project.

During a Thursday evening political gathering in Phenix City, Durant was asked by an event attendee to articulate his position on the anti-Trump group.

In response to the question, Durant said he had no understanding of what the Lincoln Project was and asserted that he had voted for the 45th president in both 2016 and 2020.

“I honestly don’t even really know what the Lincoln Project is. I have no association with it,” said Durant. “I denounce it, I do whatever I need to do. I’m pro-Trump, I always have been. I voted for him in 2016 and 2020. In fact… [an ad] airing on TV that the Lincoln Project was involved with my campaign is so patently false that we could prove it. They had to pull it down.”

The TV spot Durant referenced was an attack ad launched by Alabama RINO PAC in early April.

The ad alleged that Zack Czajkowski, the former political director of the Lincoln Project who currently works in the same capacity for the pro-Durant More Perfect Union, was “calling the shots for the Durant political committee.”

Alabama RINO PAC would later pull the ad and launch an edited version to say instead that Czajkowski “helped get Mike Durant into the race.”

Durant concluded his response to the question by proclaiming himself to be the race’s “outsider” and declaring the Lincoln Project allegations to be “fiction.”

“So, I mean these are just the things they are doing to me to defeat me because I’m the outsider,” he added. “I am the person that isn’t reaching in someone else’s pocket. I’m the person that’s going to do what’s right for the state of Alabama. And I hope everyone can see through it because it’s all just fiction.”


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

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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.