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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin fired a jab at the state’s Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski for comments that suggested she could “go rogue” on backing President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.
Palin, the former 2008 vice president pick for the late Sen. John McCain, hinted at when Murkowski is up for reelection in a video she posted, announced that she could “see 2022” from her Alaska home. The message seemed to suggest that Palin could run a primary challenge against the GOP senator.
“Lisa Murkowski, this is my house,” Palin began in her two-minute-plus video. “I’m willing to give it up … for the greater good of this country and this great state.”
“If you can’t find it within yourself to do the right thing this time, and at least give a fair shake to the Supreme Court nominee that your president will be bringing before you, if you can’t find it within yourself to do the right thing, … and [do] what the majority of Americans want you to do, to do what you were sent to Washington, D.C., to do,” Palin said.
In a statement following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week, Murkowski had asserted that she would not support confirming a replacement before November’s election.
“For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election. Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed,” Murkowski said Sunday.
“I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia. We are now even closer to the 2020 election – less than two months out – and I believe the same standard must apply,” she added, joining her GOP colleague from Maine, Sen. Susan Collins, who held the same view.
But by Tuesday, the Alaska lawmaker appeared to forget her own stance, declaring that she “can’t confirm whether or not I can confirm a nominee when I don’t know who the nominee is.”
Sen. Murkowski relaxes position on SCOTUS nominee, signals Trump pick is on the table https://t.co/8zSca77s0A
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 24, 2020
Trump has indicated that his Supreme Court pick will be announced on Saturday. Palin suggested Murkowski “backtrack” and get it right.
“Walk back what you have already committed yourself to. You better backtrack. You know, you have already put yourself in this box saying no matter who it is, you’re not going to support the person, not until you have a chance to appoint a judicial nominee under another president instead of this one,” Palin said.
“You’re hoping, what, that this president doesn’t win? Otherwise, you’d be cooperating with the president. Really, what it is is cooperating with the majority of Americans who know that it’s now or never for America,” she continued.
“So much hinges on the Supreme Court. You know the reason, you know why it’s so important, and that’s why you’re thinking you’re going to go rogue. You know, there’s a time and a place to go rogue,” Palin said, perhaps referring to her 2009 book “Going Rogue.”
“This isn’t the time, this isn’t the place. We sure hope you have it within you to do the right thing this time. So you should walk back,” she told Murkowski.
Palin concluded the video with a threat similar to the one she made to Murkowski in 2018 after the GOP senator had voted waffled on her position during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Hey @LisaMurkowski – I can see 2022 from my house…
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) October 5, 2018
“We’ll forgive you. Wait … we’ve done this how many times before, though? And we kept saying we’d forgive this?” Palin finished off her fiery video message. “If you can’t do that, remember my house. I can see a lot of things from my house. … Lisa, I can see 2022 from my house.”
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