Trump is reported to officially back Republican Lisa Murkowski’s primary challenger – Kelly Tshibaka.
Donald Trump supports Kelly Tshibaka
The latest news about Donald Trump points out that the former president endorsed Alaska GOP Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka on Friday.
In addition, Trump also pledged to campaign against Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski. She is known to be the one who voted to convict Trump of inciting the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. The vote convicting Trump was on the following his impeachment trial earlier this year.
So, what did Trump say about Murkowski? In his statement on Friday, Trump claimed that “Lisa Murkowski is bad for Alaska. Murkowski has got to go!”
The reason why Trump criticized Murkowski was that this candidate voted to confirm Biden’s Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. It was Deb Haaland who suspended oil and gas drilling leases in Alaska put in place under Trump’s administration.
Kelly Tshibaka (to the left) and Lisa Murkowski (to the right)
Left unsaid was Murkowski’s effort to put the provision in the 2017 tax overhaul bill which led to the open of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to that drilling – as well as her criticism of Haaland’s move as “outrageous.”
Trump also didn’t forget to emphasize: “Kelly Tshibaka is the candidate who can beat Murkowski — and she will. Kelly is a fighter who stands for Alaska values and America First”. That clearly showed how much Trump supports Kelly Tshibaka.
The former president expressed that he was really looking forward to campaigning for Tshibaka in Alaska. Tshibaka started her bid in March and hired a lot of alums from the Trump 2020 campaign in her effort to unseat the GOP senator.
In fact, Donald Trump has already backed many Republicans in open races where GOP senators are retiring. However, this support from Trump has marked his very first endorsement of a candidate seeking to unseat a sitting Republican senator. This might bring a headache for Republicans who are seeking to win back the Senate majority.
Murkowski is currently regarded as one of the most vocal Republican critics of Trump. That’s why it is easy to understand that the former president claimed that he would oppose her reelection after her voting to convict him as part of his impeachment trial in February.
Former President Donald Trump supports Kelly Tshibaka
On February 13, 2021, it is reported that Murkowski was one among seven Republican senators who voted to convict Donald Trump of incitement of insurrection in his second impeachment trial. For this event, the candidate was then censured by the Alaska Republican Party.
Murkowski made Trump angry when she stated that Trump “failed” to uphold his oath to “defend America and all that we hold sacred” on January 6. That was the time when a pro-Trump mob attacked the Capitol trying to stop Congress’ certification of President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory.
When Murkowski showed no support for Trump, Tshibaka, a former Alaska Department of Administration commissioner, offered herself as a conservative alternative for supporters of the former President, who twice won the state.
However, Trump’s support for Tshibaka is understandable. The former Alaska Department of Administration commissioner is hoping to exploit a Trump-fueled backlash against Murkowski. And Trump expressed his strong belief for Kelly Tshibaka: “She is MAGA all the way. She has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”
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