Former President Donald Trump has maintained an uncharacteristically low profile since leaving office on Jan. 20. But it looks like he may finally now be ready to return to the spotlight.
The Washington Examiner reports that Trump put out a statement late Wednesday vowing to go on a warpath against two of his biggest rivals in the establishment GOP: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Rep. Liz Cheney (WY).
In his statement, Trump said he hoped to see the two Republican-in-name-only legislators lose their seats in Congress in 2022, remarking that he would “make an endorsement soon” on a challenger to Cheney and expressing optimism at the prospect of Murkowski opting not to run on her own.
“Great news for the Republican Party!” Trump wrote in what the Examiner called a tweemail, or a short email message configured to resemble a thread of tweets. “Senator Lisa Murkowski said she is ‘still weighing whether she will run again’ for the Senate in Alaska,” the former president declared. “In other words, there is a chance that she won’t run! Wouldn’t that be great?”
Trump went on: “And so many people are looking to run against Crazy Liz Cheney — but we only want one. She is so far down in Wyoming polls that the only way she can win is numerous candidates running against her and splitting the vote.”
The former president concluded by saying that he hopes “that won’t happen” and promising to endorse a candidate in the race “soon.”
“A good incumbent”
Trump’s message comes on the heels of remarks by Murkowski on Tuesday in which she told reporters that she has yet to make a final decision as to whether to seek re-election, according to the website Roll Call.
However, the Alaska senator reportedly stressed that she has been doing “everything that a good incumbent does in terms of preserving my options, visiting with Alaskans, spending a lot of time, as much time on the ground as I can, and raising money.”
Murkowski become the object of ire among many Republicans when she joined with Democrats to support convicting Trump on a single charge of impeachment stemming from a riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
“I’ve been very clear”
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney was among just a handful of Republicans to back impeachment in the House, a move the brought a formal censure from Wyoming’s state GOP.
Hours before Trump issued his statement, Cheney told Fox News host Neil Cavuto she would not support the former president even if he won the Republican Party’s nomination for the White House in 2024.
“I’ve been very clear about my views of what happened on Jan. 6, about my views of the president’s culpability,” Cheney explained, according to the Washington Examiner. “I obviously voted to impeach him. I think that it was the gravest violation of an oath of office by any president in American history, and I’m going to continue to make sure people understand that.”