Former President Donald Trump has never been afraid to call out members of his own party. If he believes they’re not upholding Republican values, Donald won’t hesitate.
That’s why Trump has had long-running feuds with several GOP members, many of whom are now considered “RINOs” by staunch Conservative voters across the country.
This includes Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who has been in the GOP dog house for some time.
And now, the party has taken action to get Murkowski out of office — it’s a move that’s bound to satisfy Trump, who has called Murkowski a “very bad” and “disloyal” Republican in the past.
Earlier this year, Trump said he wouldn’t endorse Murkowski “under any circumstances.”
And Republicans have been on Donald’s side for some time, as the party voted to censure the Alaska senator in March. At the time, they opted to recruit a challenger that could unseat Murkowski.
Finally, that challenger has arrived.
Via Washington Examiner:
The Alaska Republican Party endorsed Kelly Tshibaka over incumbent Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Saturday.
In a 58-17 vote, the party’s central committee approved the endorsement of Tshibaka, giving Alaska’s former commissioner of the Department of Administration an additional boost.
It’s a win-win for the former President.
Not only did he condemn Murkowski, but he also endorsed Tshibaka, so the former President is getting exactly what he wants here. And many GOP members are clearly inclined to agree.
Recent polling showed Tshibaka had an obvious advantage over her Republican competition:
POLL OF LIKELY 2022 VOTERS IN ALASKA (5/22-25):— Change Research (@ChangePolls) June 8, 2021
In Alaska's new ranked-choice voting system, Senator Lisa Murkowski begins this race in a difficult position: 3rd place.
Trump-endorsed Republican Kelly Tshibaka leads in the initial ballot, followed by Democrat Al Gross #AKSen pic.twitter.com/pywIGwJ7Cp
After Trump ripped Murkowski, he said, “Kelly is a fighter who stands for Alaska values and America First.”
Murkowski sunk further in Trump’s eyes when she voted to confirm Biden’s pick for Interior Secretary, Deb Haaland, who froze drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Most GOP members were against Haaland, so it’s no surprise that Murkowski is now facing more than just censure. She might lose her seat entirely.
As for Tshibaka, Trump believes she’s the “candidate who can beat Murkowski.”
Once again, the Republican Party falls into step with the former POTUS, and we’re starting to see that more and more. Recent polls also show the possibility of Trump running again in 2024 rising.
On top of that, we’re also seeing harder-line stances against the so-called “RINOs.”
If you’re not willing to stand with the Party on key issues these days, you’re likely to face some serious trouble. And that’s exactly what’s happening here for Sen. Murkowski.