“I will not be endorsing, under any circumstances, the failed candidate from the great State of Alaska, Lisa Murkowski,” Trump said in a statement. “She represents her state badly and her country even worse. I do not know where other people will be next year, but I know where I will be – in Alaska campaigning against a disloyal and very bad Senator.”
“Her vote to advance radical left Democrat Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior is yet another example of Murkowski not standing up for Alaska,” he continued.
The threat is no surprise – Trump made similar statements in June after Murkowski, a longtime critic of the former president, told reporters she was “struggling” to support him in his reelection because of how he handled the George Floyd protests.
Murkowski, who has held her seat since 2002, was one of seven Republican senators to vote to convict Trump on the charge of inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in the Senate impeachment trial in February. She is the only one of the seven to face reelection in 2022.
The Cook Political Report rates Murkowski’s seat as solidly Republican. According to a Fox News report she lost the 2010 Republican primary to a Tea Party challenger, however she defied the odds and beat him as a write-in candidate in the general election.
Trump’s declaration is the latest indication that he plans to heavily insert himself into 2022 races across the country.