Trump is determined to unseat Republican Senators he views as “disloyal” and is now turning his sights on Alaska’s Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Trump and Sen. Murkowski have repeatedly found themselves at odds, often disagreeing on political issues and with Murkowski joining with Democrats to vote to impeach Trump.
Fox News reports:
“I will not be endorsing, under any circumstances, the failed candidate from the great State of Alaska, Lisa Murkowski,” Trump said in a statement. “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.”
“Her vote to advance radical left Democrat Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior is yet another example of Murkowski not standing up for Alaska,” he continued.
Although the Cook Political Report rates Murkowski’s seat as solidly Republican, she has had close calls before. She lost the 2010 Republican primary to a Tea Party challenger but defied the odds to beat him as a write-in candidate in the general election.
Trump’s declaration could put him at odds with the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Committee chair Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fl., told “Fox News Sunday” last week that he will support any incumbent Republican senator against primary challengers, even if that challenge is supported by Trump.
Trump’s fierce criticism of Murkowski come shortly after he vowed to support Republican challengers in upcoming races during his CPAC speech. Trump has been vocal about the fact he plans to throw his considerable influence behind Republicans seeking to unseat GOPers who voted to impeach him following the events at the Capitol on Jan. 6th.