Former President Donald Trump reiterated on March 6 that he plans to visit Alaska next year to help unseat Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the 2022 midterm elections.
In the statement issued to POLITICO Trump noted that he would not endorse Murkowski “under any circumstances,” and said she was a “failed candidate from the great State of Alaska.”
“She represents her state badly and her country even worse,” Trump added. “I do not know where other people will be next year, but I know where I will be — in Alaska campaigning against a disloyal and very bad Senator.”
This is not the first time Trump has mentioned he would actively work to replace Murkowski. In June he vowed to back any candidate who ran against her.
“Few people know where they’ll be in two years from now, but I do, in the Great State of Alaska (which I love) campaigning against Senator Lisa Murkowski,” Trump Tweeted last summer. “Get any candidate ready, good or bad, I don’t care, I’m endorsing. If you have a pulse, I’m with you!”
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Murkowski was one of just seven Republicans who broke ranks and voted with all the Democrats in a failed effort to convict Trump during his impeachment trial last month.
Three days before the impeachment vote, she was asked if she had any concerns that Trump, who received more than 74 million votes on election day, might run again for the presidency again if the Senate did not convict him and thus bar him from future office.
“Frankly, I don’t see how after the American public sees the whole story laid out here – not just in one snippet on this day and another on that – but this whole scenario that has been laid out before us, I just, I don’t see how Donald Trump could be reelected to the presidency again,” she said. “I just don’t see that.”
Trump won 53% of the Alaska vote in the 2020 election with nearly 190,000 Alaskans voting to reelect him. In 2016, Murkowski retained her Senate seat by winning 44% of the vote with 138,149 Alaskans voting for her.