Trump Vowed to Campaign Against Murkowski in June, Hinting Possible Bias from Murkowski on SCOTUS Announcement

On Saturday, in a statement to the press, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced her intentions to vote against President Trump’s impending nominee to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

Although Sen. Murkowski’s decision does not affect the outcome of the vote, with Mitch McConnell suggesting he already has the votes to proceed, it does raise serious questions among Republicans about her future in the Senate.

In the wake of Sen. Murkowski’s opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, President Trump announced on Twitter his intentions to primary Murkowski, suggesting, “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.”

The President continued, “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!”

On Saturday, President Trump continued to taunt the Senator, tweeting, “No thanks!” in response to an event invite, hosted by the Alaska Chamber of Commerce, featuring Sen. Murkowski.

But Sen. Murkowski is now facing renewed calls for opposition in Alaska as well.

Alice Leuchte, former Secretary of the state’s Republican Party from 2012 to 2013 told Media Right News, “Lisa Murkowski was Obama’s most reliable Republican when he needed to flip a vote for Obamacare…or whatever.”

She continued, “Murkowski is exactly the kind of dynastic swamp creature that President Trump campaigned against — she is not liked by Alaska Republicans!”

In 2010, Lisa Murkowski narrowly lost her Republican primary against challenger Joe Miller, proving her weakness among the Republican base in Alaska. She later narrowly beat Joe Miller in the general election, as a write-in candidate, 39% to 35%.

With mounting pressure from the presidency, two stacked “NO” votes for President Trump’s historic supreme court appointments, and a long history of bipartisan dealings with Washington Democrats, 2022 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Senator Lisa Murkowski.

This story will be updated as more reports come in.