Former President Donald Trump gave a conditional endorsement of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s reelection bid.

On Dec. 28, Trump said his support of Dunleavy would be “null and void” if the governor were to endorse Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s reelection bid.

“Mike Dunleavy has been a strong and consistent Conservative since his time in the Alaska State Senate,” Trump stated. “I was proud to endorse his first run for Governor, and I am proud to support his reelection, too.”

Trump praised Dunleavy’s “handling of the virus, support of the Constitution — including the Second and Tenth Amendments — taking advantage of all the opportunities Alaska has to offer, and his strong pushback against the Liberal Biden Administration’s attempt to hurt our great Country.”

“He has my Complete and Total Endorsement but, this endorsement is subject to his non-endorsement of Senator Lisa Murkowski who has been very bad for Alaska, including losing ANWAR, perhaps the most important drilling site in the world, and much else,” Trump added. “In other words, if Mike endorses her, which is his prerogative, my endorsement of him is null and void, and of no further force or effect!”

Trump has been a vocal opponent of Murkowski, vowing multiple times to travel to Alaska to help challenger Kelly Tshibaka defeat her in 2022.

Dunleavy has so far avoided taking a stand either way with regard to Murkowski or Tshibaka. That might be enough for him to keep the former president’s endorsement. Trump did not say Dunleavy had to actively support either candidate, only he could not endorse Murkowski and retain the 45th president’s backing.

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Trump will support Dunleavy so long as governor doesn’t back Murkowski

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Michael C Coons says:

    I would like Mike to endorse Kelly, and will say so to him tonight if I get the chance. I do understand not taking sides as well, but it would be of great help if he did actively support Kelly!

    • Murry says:

      Where is the great virtue in Dunleavy “not taking sides”? The real question is “what is best for Alaska?” I don’t think the governor is refraining from comment because of Republican “unity.” What he’s doing is called “hedging his bets.”

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    I’m not sure how many Alaskans support Lisa Murkowski anymore. I can guess not many if any Republicans. She’ll need to jump shipped declare herself a Democrat to get any votes in my opinion.

    • AKY says:

      Sadly she does not. Democrats will support her, as her first media buys pander to them, and sufficient low information other voters will vote based only on name recognition. Very sad.

    • Barb Melland says:

      Dunleavy has already shown his true colors, by demonstrating since his election that he is not a statesman with integrity, but is nothing but pandering politician.
      Even a Trump endorsement would not be enough for me to ever vote Dunleavy again.

    • jh says:

      Murkowski is on Trump’s hit list- she is gone!!!

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    I have a different take on this conditional endorsement from President Trump. Dunleavy has been a very small,spineless, effect of a governor that President Trump felt the need to make a shot over Dunleavys bow to get his attention. Timing is also important to look at here as Myer just announced he is stepping down. Is this coincidence? I don’t think so. Remember just 2 or 3 weeks ago KTOO Juneau news interviewed Myer and dunleavy where they announced that they were embracing each other preparing for the next election as a team. Now Myer is out? President Trump gives dunleavy a conditional endorsement? Coincidence? Hmmm
    Dunleavy is being observed and evaluated by more than Alaskans. If he wants to continue his career as a politician he had best go back and listen to the multitude of Alaskans that have demanded a forensic audit of the 2020 election!!! And get the division of elections to return to sender the dominion machines that Myer was loudly told not to purchase.
    Dunleavy is on very thin ice
    Go Kurka

  • Therese+Syren says:

    Dunleavy’s failure to take a stand is the reason I will support his challenger Chris Kurka’s bid for the governorship. On average four Alaskan unborn children are killed by abortion daily, 1500 in the U.S. Not only has Dunleavy done nothing of substance to stop the killing himself, he has remained mute though Murkowski is rabidly pro-abortion; Kelly adamantly pro-life. That’s like being officially indifferent as to whether the plans of Herod or the Magi come to fruition.

  • Greg in Homer says:

    President Trump has a pretty amazing endorsement record. Something like 135 – 3. If I were Governor Dunleavy, I would not want to be on the other end of the endorsement. If Dunleavy endorses Murkowski, and Trump endorses someone else for Governor, that might not work out very well for the sitting Governor. If I was Governor Dunleavy, I’d take the politician’s way out. I’d say that as a Republican, I will endorse all candidates that are running with the endorsement of the Republican party of Alaska. The Alaska Republican Party has already said that Kelly Tshibaka is the Republican candidate for senator, so that gives Dunleavy a way to endorse Tshibaka, without disrespecting Murkowski by name. I should be a political consultant!

  • John J Otness says:


  • Theresa says:

    Awesome, except for the fact that Trump has lost me through his pro-Covid vaxx statements and willful ignorance of the harm and deaths caused by those “vaccines.”

    • Charlotte says:

      Trump is trying not to tip off MSM so they start another hatred campaign against him like they did when he proposed the use of HCQ. Part of the country is pro vax no matter what. Their minds won’t be changed. The anti vaxxers seem to be starting to catch on to this. My concern is whether Trump shares blame by being a proponent of the vaccine.
      He’s between a rock and a hard place and trying his best. I do believe that. He didn’t personally take the vax or the booster, although he says he did.

  • Yetitrax says:

    Trump ruined any chance he had in politics with his position on the notAvax.
    The Governor is more of a follower than leader.
    As long as he keeps Zink as the health Zar his chances are also diminished greatly.

    • hj says:

      Many did not get the “geno” covid shot because Kamala Harris said she will not get the covid shot because Trump had it manufactured.
      Remember when she said that?

      • Gunter Thompson says:

        “I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump and it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of whatever he’s talking about,” she continued in the clip from an exclusive interview airing Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” at 9 a.m. ET. “I will not take his word for it.” – Kamala Harris

  • David says:

    Dems will run a token candidate and secretly back a far far right candidate so eventually it is Murkowski and Tshibaka and dems will elect the RINO

  • Andy says:

    It’s all theater.

  • Charlotte says:

    I just got asked for money from Doolittle for the second time today. This time he says, “Trump recently endorsed my reelection campaign…”
    Nothing mentioned about the Murky condition.
    Good way to start off. ..,with a half-truth.
    But, yes, there’s a reason for Trump’s conditional statement. A while back he said he’d come to Alaska to campaign against Lisa. But he has also said to elect the Republican even if you don’t like him. Next time, elect another Republican, and keep doing that until you get one you like. Trump ends up possibly picking the governor so we don’t end up with Murky.

  • Johnny Furlong says:

    Kurka for Gov!

  • John J Otness says:

    Prayers for. those coaxed to their demise that took the experimental MRNA poison.

  • hj says:


  • jh says:

    Saving America starts by saving the GOP from RINOs, (Republican in Name Only – liberal beliefs) from sellouts, and from “known LOSERS!”

  • jh says:

    The SICK, lying leftist commi, woke stupidity Democrats are keeping the lock down China covid mandates and keeping the “geno” covid shot mandates because the upcoming midterm elections are coming up.
    The leftist wants to keep the lock downs and keep the vaccine mandates, to make sure you cannot get a job.
    Their plan? The lying leftist democrats want to allow mail in ballots (because we have lockdowns) ONLY to STEAL the votes again. The lying leftist democrats are exerting their power.
    They are trying very hard to prevent Trump from winning again!
    HI-LARIOUS, because they are making sure Trump DOES win AGAIN because they are destroying America!
    Time to defeat the ENEMY OF AMERICA: Medical Dystopia (faulty), Critical Race Theory, the DUMBING down of ALL education, the Pfizer led agenda, Corporations, Twitter and Social Media, etc..
    We can never, never allow America to be destroyed by communism!

    • A. N. Gottschalk says:

      Citizen JH, the Reds needn’t do a thing to bring this country down: our own ignorance and stupidity are the chief assets at work for them. Neither “ignorance” nor “stupidity,” though, are a crime in this country, nor are they considered sinful in the Authorized Version of the Bible! If we are going to pull this country back from the brink of self-destruction we must first learn to modulate these factors. That’s the rub: information, misinformation, disinformation, and outright lies! Education, miseducation, and propaganda!

      I’ll bet my neighbor’s testes that we are doomed! And so are the damn Reds!

  • jh says:

    Posted -Gen-X’s answer on the Generational Race War is 100% on point—this is so true!

  • Hawthorne says:

    Both support the killer jab. Trump and Dunleavy lose my vote.
    Kurka has my vote.