Lisa Murkowski Focuses on Donald Trump in Tied Alaska Senate Race

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, questions Environmental Protection Agency administrator Michael Regan during the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the proposed budget for FY2023 for the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
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Pro-impeachment and 21-year incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) embraced another Democrat talking point over the weekend intended to divide the Republican Party from former President Donald Trump.

“I just want to make sure that our party doesn’t become a party of an individual,” she told the Wall Street Journal in an article titled “Lisa Murkowski Bets on Infrastructure to Keep Alaska Senate Seat, Deny Trump Revenge.”

Murkowski’s careful line of attack resembles the establishment media’s public relations campaign to frame Trump as a cult leader. Such claims, amplified by congressional Democrats, are unfounded. But that has not prevented the Republican senator from echoing her Democrat colleagues in Washington, DC.

Tim Murtaugh, Kelly Tshibaka’s adviser, told Breitbart News that Murkowski has bucked the majority Alaskan voters by attacking Trump.

“Alaska voted for Donald Trump by double digits twice because his policies were the best for Alaska. He unleashed the energy industries to create jobs and Alaska helped America achieve energy independence. But Joe Biden has squandered all of that and Lisa Murkowski has enabled him. Lisa Murkowski cares more about pleasing D.C. insiders than she cares about her own constituents,” he said.

Murkowski, who voted to impeach Trump in 2021, has remained on the war path against Trump during her reelection campaign against Trump-endorsed Kelly Tshibaka. Polling shows Murkowski and Tshibaka are on equal footing about 50 days from the general election.

“I want him to resign. I want him out,” she stated about Trump in 2021. “He has caused enough damage.”

Similar rhetoric was deployed by Murkowski in September when she claimed January 6 was an “insurrection.” Speaking about how the January 6 protesters should receive just consequences, Murkowski failed to raise concerns that rioters have been held in 23-hour-a-day isolation before their trials begin.

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - JULY 09: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka (L) pumps her fist as former U.S. President Donald Trump (R) looks on during a "Save America" rally at Alaska Airlines Center on July 09, 2022 in Anchorage, Alaska. Former President Donald Trump held a "Save America" rally in Anchorage where he campaigned with U.S. House candidate former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka (L) pumps her fist as former President Donald Trump (R) looks on during a “Save America” rally at Alaska Airlines Center on July 09, 2022 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

At least one January 6 defendant has called the maximum-security conditions “mental torture,” a condition that starkly contrasts Democrat policies of expelling criminals, including child rapists, from prison on parole.

The 21-year incumbent has additionally suggested America’s justice system has been politicized by conservative Republicans, not weaponized against them. “Everything is becoming politicized,” she claimed.

Murkowski used the example of the FBI’s raid on Trump’s private residence as an instance Republicans have politicized “everything.”

“We are branding our law enforcement to the point where — are we trusting our law enforcement?” she rhetorically asked about the FBI’s raid, noting that Americans should not question the FBI’s credibility. “Are we trusting those who are there to protect our citizenry?”

Murkowski has not just rhetorically positioned herself with Democrats during the campaign to defeat Tshibaka. She has voted with Senate Democrats nine times. Some of those votes fueled President Joe Biden’s soaring inflation, experts say.

When questioned why she voted for Biden’s $1.2 trillion “infrastructure” bill that fueled inflation, Murkowski said she claimed the spending would not contribute to inflation.

“Well, those of us that were working on the infrastructure bill were very purposeful in making sure that what we were funding, what we were building out, was not going to be contributing to inflation,” she stated. “As we were working on this, inflation was not at the record levels that we see today.”

Voting for Biden’s agenda is just the beginning. The pro-impeachment senator has also vowed to help Biden if she wins reelection.

“I’m working with them to advance things,” she said on a podcast in September.

Follow Wendell Husebø on Twitter @WendellHusebø. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.

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