During Donald Trump’s presidency, there were a handful of Republicans willing to speak out against him. Some like Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, were soon to retire. Others, like Susan Collins and Mitt Romney, were inconsistent in their willingness to combat the former president.Lisa Murkowski, though, has never given the president an inch. Unlike most of her GOP colleagues, the Alaskan senator doesn’t fear a primary opponent. Murkowski, who voted to convict Trump this weekend, saved some of her most savage criticism for her explanation as to why.
In a statement released to the press, Murkowski wrote:
“President Trump did everything in his power to stay in power. When the court challenges failed, he turned up the pressure on state officials and his own Department of Justice. And when these efforts failed, he turned to his supporters. He urged his supporters to come to Washington, D.C. on January 6 to ‘Stop the Steal’ of an election that had not been stolen. The speech he gave on that day was intended to stoke passions in a crowd that the President had been rallying for months. They were prepared to march on the Capitol and he gave them explicit instructions to do so.”
You can read the entire statement here
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.