Yeah, she’s a Republican, and yeah, she supports oil and extractive industries. And yeah, she’s second generation of a power family. But somehow she also shows a degree of integrity and strength that her fellow party members ought to take as an example, instead of the pathetic PoS that they mostly follow. 

April 7, 2021

Dear … (I took my name out — CT):

        Thank you for reaching out to share your thoughts regarding the impeachment of former President Donald J. Trump.  I recognize that there are a diverse range of views on this important issue, and appreciate that you have taken the time to weigh in.

        Every four years we come together as a nation to elect a president and allow for a peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next.  Throughout our nation’s history, we have respected the validity of this electoral process even when our political views do not align with the individual assuming office.

        On January 6, 2021, my colleagues and I gathered in the U.S. Capitol to fulfill our constitutional responsibility to certify the Electoral College voting results.  That process was interrupted when thousands of rioters marched on the U.S. Capitol – invited to D.C. on that day by President Trump – and eventually breached both chambers of Congress.  The violence led to the injury and deaths of Americans, including a Capitol Police officer.  Yet even after the devastating events of that day, Congress came together to fulfill our constitutional responsibility.  At 4:00am on January 7, after the Capitol Police spent hours clearing the building, Congress certified the 2020 Electoral College results.  We were able to do that because of the brave men and women in uniform who fulfilled their oath to protect and defend the Constitution.

        In mid-February the evidence presented at the impeachment trial was clear.  The violence and desecration of the Capitol that we saw on January 6 was not a spontaneous uprising.  For months before the 2020 election, then President Trump set the stage to challenge the results stating repeatedly that the election was rigged, casting doubt into the minds of the American people about the fairness of the election before a single vote was cast.  After losing the election by seven million votes and an Electoral College count of 306 to 230, he continued to allege that the election was stolen and was subject to widespread fraud.  At the same time, election challenges had been filed in courts across the country – 61 in total – including many with judges nominated by President Trump himself, which ruled against him.

        When President Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol, he took no action to protect or defend.  In fact, even after the violence was unfolding, as protestors chanted “Hang Mike Pence” inside the Capitol, President Trump did not ask his supporters to stop but instead tweeted that the Vice President had failed the country.  Vice President Pence, like myself and members of Congress, were attempting to fulfill our oath and constitutional duties, as expected by the American people, by certifying the vote of the Electoral College.

        As your U.S. Senator, I have an obligation to the Constitution, my country, and to the people that I represent.  I sought to fulfill my oath in the impeachment trial as I listened to both sides, considered the evidence and ultimately concluded that President Trump’s conduct amounted to incitement of insurrection as set out in the sole Article of Impeachment.

        I understand that my vote did not please everyone.  Undoubtedly, some have wished that I had voted to acquit President Trump, but my vote was not about whether I support our former President or my loyalty to the Republican Party.  My vote was about our country and the values that we hold so dear – about the integrity of the institutions on which America was built.

        This has been a divisive time for our nation.  My hope is that together, as fellow Americans, we can move forward in unity and remember at the heart of us, at the core of us, are our shared values of democracy.

        Thank you for sharing your thoughts.  

                                                                    Sincerely,

                                                                    Lisa Murkowski
                                                                    United States Senator
                                                                     http://murkowski.senate.gov*

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I can’t believe she actually said some substantive about how the GOP is falling apart. I don’t like her, but damn if this doesn’t make me respect her, even if only a little.

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