On Saturday President Trump, as usual, had no issue whatsoever calling the Rino senator from Alaska out by name.
The president during a rally called out Senator Lisa Murkowski by saying that Alaskans will “never forgive” her for voting against Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Murkowski was the only Republican who did not vote to confirm Kavanaugh. She initially voted no, and then withdrew her “no” vote to instead re-list herself as “present.” She did this as a courtesy to her Republican colleague Senator Steve Daines, who was in Montana to attend his daughter’s wedding and would have voted “yea” on Kavanaugh.
Here is more from CBS News:
“Mr. Trump compared Murkowski to Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican swing vote who was the deciding vote in Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“I think what Susan Collins did for herself was incredibly positive,” Trump said. “It showed her to be an honorable, incredible woman. I think she’s got a level of respect that’s unbelievable. I really mean it.”
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin suggested that she might challenge Murkowski in 2022 should she run for re-election. “Hey @LisaMurkowski — I can see 2022 from my house…” she wrote in a taunting tweet Friday.
Mr. Trump demurred when asked by the Post whether he thought Palin could defeat Murkowski in a primary challenge.
“I don’t know anything about that. It’s four years. That’s a long time. But they will not forget. They will never forget. What she did was unacceptable. Really unacceptable,” he said.
But although Murkowski isn’t up for re-election until 2022 President Trump compared her to Maine Senator Susan Collins who is also a RINO swing vote who was the ultimately the deciding vote in Kavanaugh’s confirmation.”
Here is more on what Sarah Palin and Laura Ingrahm had to say about Murkowski’s vote via The Blaze:
“Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was the only Republican to vote “no” in a procedural vote that put Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh one step away from finally being confirmed, which caused former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to issue a veiled threat on Twitter.
Palin, who had been calling for Murkowski to support Kavanaugh, asking the senator to “do the right thing.” After the vote, Palin indicated that the decision to oppose Kavanaugh might cost Murkowski her seat.
“Hey @LisaMurkowski – I can see 2022 from my house…” Palin wrote on Twitter. Murkowski’s Senate term ends in 2023, and Palin’s message led some to believe Palin may challenge for the seat. The wording was a reference to a Saturday Night Live skit that made fun of Palin.
Palin wasn’t the only one to question whether Murkowski’s run as Alaska senator needed to end. Fox News host Laura Ingraham tweeted: “I like Alaska…a lot. Maybe it’s time to run for Senate after all. @lisamurkowski has abandoned all principles of due process and fairness. Disgraceful. #ConfirmKavanaugh.”
Murkowski has an interesting history with Palin. Murkowski’s father, former Gov. Frank Murkowski, appointed his daughter to the Senate in 2002 — picking her over Palin.
Palin was governor of Alaska from December 2006 until July 2009, having defeated Murkowski’s father in the primary. Palin supported Republican candidate Joe Miller in the 2010 Senate race, and Miller beat Murkowksi in the primary — but Murkowski defied party leaders to win as a write-in candidate.
In 2016, Murkowski won the Republican Primary, but Miller still ran against her as a Libertarian candidate.
In short, the politics in Alaska are not like the politics in most states, and Murkowski’s relationship with the Republican Party is such that she is less likely than most to feel obligated to vote the party line.
Additionally, the issue of sexual violence is of particular sensitivity in Alaska, which has the highest rate of sexual assault in the country, and is especially high among Native women — a key coalition of support for Murkowski.
Murkowski’s against-the-grain vote on Kavanaugh, combined with her contentious history with Palin, means that in the coming years she may find herself in a somewhat familiar position — battling against the Republican establishment.
“There will be long-term resentment among Republican voters due to Sen. Murkowski’s lack of courage today,” said Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, according to The New York Times. “Conservative women never forget.”
Hey @LisaMurkowski – I can see 2022 from my house…
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) October 5, 2018
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) October 5, 2018
Now wouldn’t that be a cool scenario? Either one of these two, Palin or Ingraham would make a way better Senator than Murkowski ever was. Not really sure how she was able to keep her seat after the challenge from tea party candidates in 2010 and 2014, but she managed to win. Makes you wonder what exactly is going through those frozen heads of people in Alaska. Although being from California maybe I shouldn’t talk. It’s like both states are confused.
Let’s hope someone does come out and beats Murkowski in what we can now consider the Democrat Senator from the great state of Alaska!