Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is one Republican solon who refused to do truck or trade with Trump and Trumpism from day one. She recently firmed up on social media her criticism of ex-President Trump, and added one blunt bit of advice to deniers this week: Read the indictment.
Murkowski voted against confirming Trump’s pick of GOP mega donor Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education. She was the lone Republican Nay vote on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. She voted against the Senate’s taking up Amy Comey Barrett’s court nomination on the eve of the 2020 election.
“In early 2021, I voted to impeach former President Donald Trump based on clear evidence that he attempted to overturn the 2020 election after losing it,” she recently Tweeted after the Justice Department’s four count indictment of the 45th president.
Murkowski was the only one of seven GOP impeachment supporters to run for reelection last November. Trump came to Alaska to campaign for her Republican opponent. Even so, Murkowski was re-elected under Alaska’s new ranked-choice voting system.
The Senator is undaunted as Republican colleagues did a duck dive or echoed Trump’s talking points. Since the Senate vote, wrote Murkowski, evidence gathered by the House January 6 committee and other sources “only re-enforced that the former President played a key role in instigating the riots resulting in physical violence and desecration of the U.S. Capitol.”
She was equally blunt when Trump was indicted for allegedly hanging onto and concealing classified materials at Mar a Lago. Remarked Murkowski: “Mishandling classified documents is a federal crime because it can expose national secrets as well as the sources and methods they were obtained.
Murkowski notes that Trump “like all Americans” is innocent until proven guilty. But like all Americans, he is subject to the laws of the land. Of the documents case, Murkowsk stood her ground: “Anyone found guilty — whether an analyst, a former President or another elected or appointed official — should face the same set of consequences.”
Seventy years ago, led by Sens. Margaret Chase Smith and Ralph Flanders, more than a dozen Republicans in the Senate stood up to the demagoguery of colleague Joe McCarthy. Washington Attorney General Slade Gorton was an early Republican voice calling on President Nixon to resign.
Murkowski lacks company in her courage. She speaks the truth to power (and cowardice) in saying of January 6: “We must learn from that horrible event that history does not repeat itself.” As Trump backers posted abusive tweets and called her a RINO, Murkowski shot back: “Read the indictment. Understand the very serious allegations.”