Murkowski brushes off Trump’s ire: ‘I know Alaska’s political terrain better than he does.’

Sen. Lisa Murkowski gives President Donald Trump plenty of room during a White House lunch to discuss health care on June 13, 2017.

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.”

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2 Comments on "Murkowski brushes off Trump’s ire: ‘I know Alaska’s political terrain better than he does.’"

  1. President Trump is right. I am a Alaskan and will not vote for her next election. Apparently she only spoke to one side of our opinions..There is a great movement not to vote for her next election. She is not representing a great number of Alaskans and we feel she has turned to the Democratic party. If by chance Sara Palin actually does run she will lose…….Rose Holt

  2. Myself and over 100 other Alaskan women dropped everything to fly down to D.C. and let Lisa know why it was so important to be a no vote on Judge Kavanaugh. She listened to us, she listened to facts and reason, she saw Kavanaugh’s awful behavior in his Senate Judiciary hearing (ahem job interview) and knew he wasn’t the person for the job. I told Lisa that if she voted against Kavanaugh, I promised to vote for her in her next election cycle… she held up her in of the bargain… so I will too.

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