Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski won't rule out leaving the GOP

 March 25, 2024

Democrats barely took control of the Senate in 2020 and managed to pick up another seat when voters went to the polls two years later.

However, that situation could be about to get worse for the GOP as one senator says she may retire from the party. 

Murkowski won't say if she would caucus with Republicans

According to NBC News, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski recently suggested that she could sit as an independent, citing dissatisfaction with former President Donald Trump.

Murkowski's comments were made during a Capitol Hill interview with CNN host Manu Raju which aired on Sunday.

"I am navigating my way through some very interesting political times. Let’s just leave it at that," Murkowski said when Raju asked whether she would continue to caucus with Republicans if she leaves the party.

"I certainly can’t get behind Donald Trump"

She characterized herself as being "very independent-minded" while expressing dissatisfaction over how the GOP is "seemingly becoming a party of Donald Trump."

The Alaska senator was far more definitive when it came to her decision not to vote for Trump, stating, "I wish that as Republicans, we had a nominee that I could get behind. I certainly can’t get behind Donald Trump."

Murkowski communicated a similar message to NBC News earlier this month, stating that she "could not" vote for Trump before adding that she "can't vote for Biden" either.

Murkowski's hostility towards Trump is hardly a new development, as NBC News noted that she has previously acknowledged not voting for the then-president in 2020.

What's more, she also voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial following the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

Murkowski blamed Trump for January 6 riot

"The facts make clear that the violence and desecration of the Capitol that we saw on January 6 was not a spontaneous uprising," Murkowski said in a statement explaining her vote.

"President Trump had set the stage months before the 2020 election by stating repeatedly that the election was rigged, casting doubt into the minds of the American people about the fairness of the election," she added.

"If months of lies, organizing a rally of supporters in an effort to thwart the work of Congress, encouraging a crowd to march on the Capitol, and then taking no meaningful action to stop the violence once it began is not worthy of impeachment, conviction, and disqualification from holding office in the United States, I cannot imagine what is," Murkowski insisted.

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