Alaska’s U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski once again broke from many of her Republican colleagues on Monday when she responded to President Donald Trump’s racist attacks on four U.S. Congresswomen directly and without injecting Republican vs. Democrat politics.
“There is no excuse for the president’s spiteful comments—they were absolutely unacceptable and this needs to stop,” she sad in a tweet.
Over the weekend, Trump set his sights on Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, all progressive women of color who’ve become favorite targets of the Republican Party, telling them via Tweet that they should “go back” to the countries they came from.
Murkowski stopped short of calling the attacks—targeted at three U.S.-born citizens and one became a U.S. citizen as a teenager—racist, but at the very least Alaska’s senior senator stopped short of using it as an opportunity to bash the politics of the four women.
“We have enough challenges addressing the humanitarian crises both at our borders and around the world. Instead of digging deeper into the mud with personal, vindictive insults–we must demand a higher standard of decorum and decency,” Murkowski said in a follow-up tweet.
Many other Republicans, Alaska’s U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan included, have given glancing rebuttals to the attacks on members of Congress and instead used it as a platform to go after the members’ politics. Sullivan’s response, published by the Anchorage Daily News, makes no reference to the president.
“The National Democratic Party is increasingly turning into a far-left, open-borders, anti-Israel, anti-energy and anti-resource development party (particularly as it relates to Alaska),” Sullivan said, parroting the response of many Trump allies. “This is something we should be debating nationally and in Alaska. But as I’ve repeatedly said, we should endeavor to debate these issues in a respectful and civil manner, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican.”