Former President Donald Trump has stepped fully into the burgeoning 2022 election cycle, announcing plans to campaign against Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the 2022 election after her impeachment vote against him following the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot.
The former president noted in a statement to Politico Saturday:
I will not be endorsing, under any circumstances, the failed candidate from the great State of Alaska, Lisa Murkowski. She represents her state badly and her country even worse. I do not know where other people will be next year, but I know where I will be — in Alaska campaigning against a disloyal and very bad Senator.
Murkowski has long opposed the former president. The Alaska Senator “struggled” over whether to support Trump during his reelection and voted for his impeachment in February.
Her actions have also extended beyond her concerns with Trump. She voted against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as a conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and opposed selecting a replacement for the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg prior to the 2020 election.
Murkowski’s impeachment vote against the former president led her to state, “I know that my actions, my vote may have political consequences. And I understand that. I absolutely understand that. But I can’t be afraid of that.”
She may be correct. The former president called her out by name in his recent speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) as a Republican who needed to be voted out in 2022.
Trump’s strategy will likely serve as a test of his influence in the 2022 midterm elections. He has already endorsed several Republican Senators facing reelection, but Murkowski is the first he has publicly opposed.
If successful, his efforts could strengthen his potential bid for a 2024 presidential run. Trump’s campaign against a Republican Senator will reveal just how much sway his support has in future elections.