Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is the first Republican senator to call on President Donald Trump to resign, The Daily Caller reported.
Many in Congress, including Murkowski, have blamed the president for the riot at the Capitol on Wednesday, and have demanded that he resign immediately or be removed.
“I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage. I think he should leave,” Murkowski told the Anchorage Daily News on Friday.
“[President Trump] said he’s not going to show up. He’s not going to appear at the inauguration,” the Alaska senator continued. “He hasn’t been focused on what is going on with COVID. He’s either been golfing or he’s been inside the Oval Office fuming and throwing every single person who has been loyal and faithful to him under the bus, starting with the vice president.”
“Inciting violence” accusation
Murkowski concluded that resigning would be the “good thing” for Trump to do, but that she does not “think he’s capable of doing a good thing.”
“He doesn’t want to stay there. He only wants to stay there for the title. He only wants to stay there for his ego,” she said.
Murkowski is pushing the same narrative that is being promoted by the mainstream media and the Democrats: Trump incited his supporters to commit acts of violence during his speech at the capital on Wednesday.
“He still told his supporters to fight,” Murkowski said. “How are they supposed to take that? It’s an order from the president. And so that’s what they did. They came up and they fought and people were harmed, and injured and died.”
While Trump did tell his supporters to “fight,” he made it clear that he wanted them to “fight” with peaceful protests. “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard!” the president said Wednesday.
Leave the party
The president, additionally, has condemned the violence that took place in the “strongest possible terms,” and has promised a peaceful transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.
Murkowski’s statements are not particularly surprising considering she has often sided with Democrats, so much so that she’s considered a swing vote in the Senate.
In her interview, Murkowski suggested that if the Republican Party continues to trend toward the politics of Trump, then she might leave the party.