Alaska’s U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is the latest target of President Donald Trump’s ire for her refusal to vote in favor of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“I think she will never recover from this,” Trump told the Washington Post. “I think the people from Alaska will never forgive her for what she did.”
Trump tapped into partisan furor over the vote of Alaska’s senior senator. The Alaska Republican Party’s chair has vowed “a very significant response” for refusing to toe the party line, and soon-to-be-former-Alaskan Sarah Palin suggested a 2022 run against Murkowski.
“I don’t know anything about that,” Trump said when asked about Palin. “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.”
Murkowski, who’s garnered national attention for being one of the few remaining Republicans with any will to stand up against Trump, brushed off the attack today.
“I know Alaska’s political terrain better than he does,” she told reporters today after a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Murkowski has had a mixed record when it comes to Trump’s Republican Party and its priorities.
Last summer she helped stymie the GOP’s full (and haphazard) repeal of the Affordable Care Act, arguing that it wasn’t in the best interest of Alaska.
But then she later helped pass the Republicans’ massive tax cut that included provisions begin opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to resource development and the repeal of the individual mandate to buy insurance, a core provision of Obamacare.
Plenty of Murkowski’s Republican colleagues in Congress came to her defense since Trump’s attacks.
Even the party-over-everything McConnell came to Murkowski’s defense after the Trump’s attacks, telling the Associated Press that Murkowski is unbeatable in Alaska.
“She’s certainly going to recover,” McConnell told the AP. “This is a woman who got elected with a write-in vote in 2010. She’s about as strong as you can possibly be in Alaska. Nobody is going to beat her.”