President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) on Thursday evening hours after the Alaska senator told reporters she’s “struggling” with whether to vote for Trump in November while praising an op-ed written by Trump’s former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in which he called the president a threat to the Constitution.
“I am struggling with it. I have struggled with it for a long time,” Murkowski told reporters when asked if she would vote to reelect Trump.
She also praised Mattis’ op-ed, in which he said Trump “tries to divide us,” as “true and honest and necessary and overdue.”
“When I saw Gen. Mattis’ 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 added.
“Senator Murkowski also said that she’s now struggling with whether or not she would be willing to support President Trump in November” pic.twitter.com/7C5XxbcPGl
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 4, 2020
However, Murkowski affirmed that Trump is “our duly elected president” and said she would “continue to work with this administration.”
“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 concluded.
Trump responded to Murkowski on Twitter, writing: “Few people know where they’ll be in two years from now, but I do, in the Great State of Alaska (which I love) campaigning against Senator Lisa Murkowski. She voted against HealthCare, Justice Kavanaugh, and much else.”
He added: “Unrelated, I gave Alaska ANWR, major highways, and more. Get any candidate ready, good or bad, I don’t care, I’m endorsing. If you have a pulse, I’m with you!”
…Unrelated, I gave Alaska ANWR, major highways, and more. Get any candidate ready, good or bad, I don’t care, I’m endorsing. If you have a pulse, I’m with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2020