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With all that he has on his plate these days, President Donald Trump isn’t in the mood to be dealing with cheap shots from liberal Republicans such as Alaska’s U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
The senator told reporters Thursday at the Capitol criticism of Trump from former Defense Secretary James Mattis was “true, honest and necessary and overdue,” and admitted that she’s “struggling” with whether she can support the president in the November election — for what it’s worth Murkowski didn’t back Trump in 2016.
Taking to Twitter, Trump fired back promising to campaign for anyone who primaries Murkowski when the so-called Republican lawmaker is up for re-election in 2022.
“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,”‘ he tweeted. “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!”
…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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2020
Mattis, who broke with Trump when the president looked to move U.S. troops out of Syria, seemingly joined the resistance when he voiced his opposition to White House efforts to maintain law and order as rioters set out to destroy the nation’s capital and other American cities — Trump threatened to send in the U.S. military if necessary.
Accusing Trump of dividing the nation, he questioned whether Trump is providing “mature leadership,” and even made a comparison to the Nazis in his denunciation, as he claimed troops were being ordered “to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens.”
“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us,” Mattis said in a lengthy statement.
Murkowski said that as a result of Mattis’ comments “we are getting to a point where we can be more honest with the concerns that we might hold internally.”
“I was really thankful. I thought General Mattis’ words were true, and honest, and necessary and overdue,” she said Thursday.
“I didn’t support the president in the initial election, and I work hard to try to make sure that I’m able to represent my state well, that I’m able to work with any administration and any president. He is our duly elected president,” the senator said. “I will continue to work with him, I will continue to work with this administration, but I think right now as we are all struggling to find ways to express the words that need to be expressed appropriately. Questions about who I’m going to vote for or not going to vote for, I think, are distracting at the moment.”
While Murkowski somewhat surprisingly voted to acquit President Trump during the Democrat’s partisan impeachment ruse — which goes to show how weak of a case they presented — she has a rich history, along with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, of siding with the opposition.
The newest addition to the liberal Republican bloc in the Senate, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, also praised Mattis as a “wonderful, wonderful man,” saying he’d want to be in a foxhole with him — as foreign as the thought of Romney in a foxhole may be.
“General Mattis’ letter was stunning and powerful,” he said. “General Mattis is a man of extraordinary sacrifice. He’s an American patriot.”
As for Murkowski not backing Trump, that worked out just fine for the president in 2016. Collins, who has also been hesitant about offering her support, did not support Trump in 2016 either.
Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino slammed the pair in a tweet, calling their lack of support an “epic backfire,” given that Donald Trump currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
“Swamp denizens Susan Collins & Lisa Murkowski, threatening not to support Trump in 2020, may be the greatest self-own in the history of endorsements. Epic backfire.
Swamp denizens Susan Collins & Lisa Murkowski, threatening not to support Trump in 2020, may be the greatest self-own in the history of endorsements. Epic backfire.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) June 4, 2020
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to Bongino from Twitter:
— Crystal (@crystal_night20) June 4, 2020
Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins are despicable RINO’s what they say or think doesn’t matter we will vote them out soon!
— Kurtis R Morin (@kurtisrmorin) June 4, 2020
They haven’t supported him in 4 years. What’s different? #swamp
— Pam Rogan (@pamrogan) June 4, 2020
when did either of them start supporting Trump?
— Tim McBride (@tmcb76) June 4, 2020
She didn’t support him last time. How’d that work out?
— Matt Johnson (@mdjohnson9) June 4, 2020
Collins will lose her seat to a Democrat in November so I hope the RNC plans to flip a few blue seats to keep the majority.
— Lynn (@lynnrusso88) June 4, 2020
Those two need to be voted out. They have been nothing but a thorn on the Republican side!!!
— Bren (@church3760) June 4, 2020
They also sided with McCain on the Obamacare repeal.
— EAS (@EASEmergency) June 4, 2020
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