Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) just stabbed Trump in the back at a very bad time. Lisa said on Thursday she agreed with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s rebuke of President Trump.
But she was just getting started, she said what Mattis said was “true and honest and necessary” and said she may not vote for Trump in November.
She even seemed to call for a revolt among the other GOP Senators, “Perhaps we’re getting to the point where we can be more honest with the concerns we might hold internally and have the courage of our convictions and speak up,” and if she can gather others to her cause it could hurt Trump in 2020.
From The Hill:
“I thought General Mattis’s words were true and honest and necessary and overdue,” Murkowski, the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said on her way to a vote in the Capitol Thursday.
“When I saw Gen. Mattis’s comments yesterday I felt like perhaps we’re getting to the point where we can be more honest with the concerns we might hold internally and have the courage of our convictions and speak up,” she told The Washington Post’s Paul Kane, who pooled the remarks and sent them to other Senate reporters.
Asked if she could vote for Trump in the 2020 election, Murkowski admitted, “I am struggling with it. I have struggled with it for a long time.”
She noted that Trump is “our duly elected president” and said “I will continue to work with him” and “I will continue to work with this administration.”
But she said she doesn’t know how to fully respond to Trump’s controversial handling of social justice protests that have swept the country, in particular his order to clear a crowd of peaceful protesters in front of the White House and his threat to deploy thousands of active-duty troops to restore order.
“I think right now as we are all struggling to find ways to express the words that need to be expressed appropriately, questions about who I’m going to vote for [or] not going to vote for I think are distracting at the moment,” she said.
Mattis, who served as Trump’s secretary of Defense in 2017 and 2018, ripped the president Wednesday as a divisive leader who threatened to erode the U.S. military’s tradition of staying out of politics.
“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us,” Mattis wrote in a 650-word statement in The Atlantic, his first public criticism since he left the administration.
“Perhaps we’re getting to the point where we can be more honest with the concerns that we might hold internally, and have the courage of our own convictions to speak up,” Murkowski tells us.
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) June 4, 2020