Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) made waves on Thursday by announcing that she’s “struggling” to decide if she will vote for Trump in the 2020 election due to his leadership during the ongoing riots.
Donald Trump took the nuclear option in his response to her comments, declaring on Thursday that “few people know where they’ll be in two years from now, but I do, in the Great State of Alaska (which I love) campaigning against Senator Lisa Murkowski.”
Murkowski sided with former Gen. Jim Mattis’ scathing indictment of Trump’s threat to call in federal troops to control the riots ravaging many of America’s large cities.
“I thought General Mattis’s words were true and honest and necessary and overdue,” Murkowski told The Washington Post’s Paul Kane. When asked whether she supports Trump going forward, she continued, “I am struggling with it. I have struggled with it for a long time.”
She admitted that Trump is “our duly elected president” and said she will “continue to work with him [and] this administration.”
Trump continued in his scathing response that “She voted against HealthCare, Justice Kavanaugh, and much else …Unrelated, I gave Alaska ANWR, major highways, and more. Get any candidate ready, good or bad, I don’t care, I’m endorsing. If you have a pulse, I’m with you!”
This isn’t Murkowski’s first run-in with Trump, so his frustration with her statement isn’t entirely out of the blue. During the impeachment fiasco, Murkowski drew fire from the right for her refusal to align herself with the rest of the GOP in defending Trump against Democrat allegations.
The moderate Republican said in February that she would not vote to convict Trump of the impeachment charges, but blasted his conduct towards Ukraine as “shameful and wrong” and said that “His personal interests do not take precedence over those of this great nation.”