This is an interesting development. Perhaps Lisa Murkowski is having a spasm of conscience about voting to keep Donald Trump in office, when she and the rest of the GOP, know that he was guilty as hell and should have been removed. Or, maybe she’s decided that the upside of supporting Trump is now supplanted by his downside. In all events, she reports that she is “struggling” with the decision of whether she should vote for him or not. The Hill:
“When I saw Gen. Mattis’s comments yesterday I felt like perhaps we’re getting to the point where we can be more honest with the concerns we might hold internally and have the courage of our convictions and speak up,” she told The Washington Post’s Paul Kane, who pooled the remarks and sent them to other Senate reporters.
Asked if she could vote for Trump in the 2020 election, Murkowski admitted, “I am struggling with it. I have struggled with it for a long time.”
She noted that Trump is “our duly elected president” and said “I will continue to work with him” and “I will continue to work with this administration.”
But she said she doesn’t know how to fully respond to Trump’s controversial handling of social justice protests that have swept the country, in particular his order to clear a crowd of peaceful protesters in front of the White House and his threat to deploy thousands of active-duty troops to restore order.
“I think right now as we are all struggling to find ways to express the words that need to be expressed appropriately, questions about who I’m going to vote for [or] not going to vote for I think are distracting at the moment,” she said.
This is GOP-speak for “somebody else had the balls to go out on the ice, thank God, and maybe I’ll inch forward like a snail now myself, because I’m terrified to do what I know is right.” I suppose we need to look at this as a glass half full scenario. If Murkowski is saying anything honest about having reservations about Trump, that is a step in the right direction.