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Former Guy Threatens to Target Murkowski in 2022

The Former Guy may not want the GOP to use his name or likeness for their 2022 campaigns, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to try to ruin them anyway. After Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski dared to do what Republicans are actually supposed to do–vote for what’s best for the country, not what the party leader might want, in case anyone else has forgotten–he has vowed to campaign against her as she faces re-election in 2022.

Murkowski, who has held her seat since 2002, has been a longtime critic of Trump’s and was one of seven Republican senators to vote to convict him in last month’s impeachment trial. She is the only one of the seven to face reelection in 2022, and although she has often voted with Democrats, Murkowski voted against the COVID Relief Bill on Saturday.

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Trump’s statement comes just days after Murkowski advanced the nomination of Congressperson Deb Haaland to serve as interior secretary, which Trump called “yet another example of Murkowski not standing up for Alaska.” Murkowski was the only Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to approve the nomination. The 63-year-old senator said she “struggled” with whether to back Haaland, saying she had to reconcile the Democrat’s past opposition to oil drilling with her heritage as a Native American, a well-represented population in Murkowski’s home state. Murkowski has acknowledged that her “guilty” vote on impeachment could cost her, saying that month: “I know that my actions, my vote may have political consequences. And I understand that. I absolutely understand that. But I can’t be afraid of that.”

Trump called her out before the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last weekend, along with the other Republicans who backed his impeachment and assailed her last year after she said she was “struggling” with whether to back Trump’s reelection bid. Murkowski also said she opposed Trump naming a replacement of the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg just before the election. The senator also voted against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.

 

It’s unlikely anyone will see the Former Guy in Alaska for any reason, as he faces imminent prosecutions in both Georgia and New York.



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