Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Friday that President Donald Trump should resign, making her the first Republican senator to say he should leave office as the backlash against his death by violent supporters stormed the Capitol.
“I want him to resign. I want him out. “He’s caused enough damage,” Murkowski told the Anchorage Daily News.
Murkowski told the newspaper that if the GOP does not break ties with Trump, she can leave the party. “If the Republican Party has become anything other than Trump’s party, I sincerely question whether this is the party for me,” she said.
The four-time senator is one of Congress’ more moderate Republicans and has long had a full-fledged relationship with his party. Still, her fierce feud with Trump underscores the growing desire of Democrats and some Republicans to force him out of office, even though his term expires on January 20 with the inauguration of Democrat Joe Biden.
There is growing momentum among House Democrats to accuse Trump for the second time as early as next week. Rope. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Has said that Vice President Mike Pence and the government should use the 25th Amendment to force Trump out of office. Senator Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Has said he would consider voting to remove Trump if the House approves accusations.
Murkowski said Trump should leave if he is not going to do his job. She quoted his announcement that he would skip Biden’s inauguration and his inattention to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying: “He has either golfed or he has been inside the Oval Office.
She added: “He has to come out. He needs to do good, but I do not think he can do good. “
Murkowski’s interview came after Republicans lost a couple of diversionary elections in the Georgia Senate that give Democrats control of that House. The new division is 50-50, but tips for the Democrats with the election of the elected vice president Kamala Harris.
In a speech outside the White House on Wednesday, Trump urged a crowd of supporters to go to the Capitol, where their attack resulted in five deaths and extensive damage and forced lawmakers to flee the building.
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The storm occurred when Congress met for its usually routine certification of voting in the presidential race, which Trump has wrongly claimed was intimidated by widespread fraud. His baseless claims have been rejected by Democratic and Republican civil servants across the country and by many state and federal courts, including the Conservative-dominated Supreme Court.
Murkowski has repeatedly clashed with Trump, helping to kill his 2017 effort to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law. When she lost her Republican primary in the 2010 Senate, she was re-elected as a candidate in the election despite opposition from Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., The current Senate majority leader who was the minority leader at the time.
She has been in the Senate since 2002 and has replaced her father, Frank Murkowski, who took office in 1981.