Former President Donald Trump has been clear in his desire to see his most prominent Republican critics defeated in upcoming GOP primary races.
In a recent statement, Trump celebrated the “great news” that Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) might decide not to seek another term on Capitol Hill, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Wouldn’t that be great?”
In addition to remarks about the Alaska Republican, Trump also vowed to endorse a GOP challenger to Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), another member of the party who supported a second impeachment effort against him.
“Great news for the Republican Party!” the former president wrote on Wednesday, according to the Examiner. “Senator Lisa Murkowski said she is ‘still weighing whether she will run again’ for the Senate in Alaska. In other words, there is a chance that she won’t run! Wouldn’t that be great?”
Leading the effort among House Republicans was Cheney, who attracted praise from progressives and Trump critics in her own party but drew the ire of the former president and his allies.
“We only want one”
For his part, Trump has maintained an active role in Republican politics since leaving office, particularly through his promises to rid the party of elected officials he deems disloyal.
Cheney is near the top of that list, which also includes GOP leaders like Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), whom Trump recently called a “dumb son of a b****,” according to reports.
Ahead of the upcoming election, Trump vowed that he would soon be endorsing one of Cheney’s prospective rivals, declaring: “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. Hopefully, that won’t happen. I’ll make an Endorsement soon!”
Murkowski, who is also slated to face fierce opposition, recently responded to a reporter’s question about her re-election plans by noting that she has “been doing everything that a good incumbent does” but was not ready to confirm whether she would seek a fourth term in Congress, according to Roll Call.
When asked whether she had any comment regarding the momentum building behind Kelly Tshibaka, a state official who announced her candidacy last month, the senator simply replied: “Not really.”