“Bad apples,” that's what we call those who, within a group of normally good people, end up not being as good as they appear. Unfortunately, there are a handful of these such people within the Republican Party, and, more specifically, the members of Congress. They are the ones who, despite proclaiming to be for the people and against big government, have actually spent time and even voted for ideas, policies, and leaders who like to do the exact opposite.
People who are like senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
You may have heard that she was one of a handful of bad apples who voted for the impeachment of then-President Donald Trump during his second impeachment trial. She allegedly believed that he was guilty of impeachable crimes, such as encouraging violence and insurrection.
In the midst of it, she released an announcement that read “By inciting the insurrection and violent events that culminated on January 6, President Trump's actions and words were not protected free speech.”
It is true that she decided to be so bold and aggressive only after Trump was already exiled from office and had removed himself from the White House. It's worth noting that Murkowski waited until February before announcing her decision.
Now, we are aware that Trump did not incite anything, other than that Americans go “peacefully and patriotically” to the Capitol to “make your voices heard.” There was no mention of a riot on The Hill or destroying federal property or even an indication of a desire for violence.
It's also worth noting Murkowski's state, where Trump defeated Biden by more than a tenth of a percentage point in the presidential election of 2020 just a few days before this vote took place.
In the past, Murkowski has chosen to side with the Democrats and believed that they, not her own constituents in the state as well as the American people, was what truly was important. In light of the fact that she's repeatedly taken decisions that are similar to this, it is becoming increasingly clear that there are a large number of people nationwide, as well as in her home state, who believe that her time in Congress is over.
Of course, Donald Trump is one of them. This is precisely why he's chosen to back the incoming Alaskan Senatorial hopeful Kelly Tshibaka.
As Tshibaka declares, “Everywhere I have been in Alaska over the past year, people have told me the same thing: It's time for a change.” This is precisely the reason she's decided to challenge Murkowski in the upcoming November midterm elections.
She said it did not matter who she spoke to, no matter how young or old, poor or rich, black or white, employed or unemployed, everyone wanted Murkowski gone.
As Tshibaka states, the people of Alaska are fed up of being left out and ignored by not just one of their own, but by the person they trusted to represent their interests in the capital of our nation. However, Murkowski seems to care “more about her popularity among the Washington, D.C. elites.”
And her vote in favor of Trump’s impeachment in 2021 isn't the only evidence.
Consider her recent vote to confirm the liberal-loved Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson on the Supreme Court. In spite of the majority of her party having voted in opposition to Jackson along with her unpopular sentencing record, Murkowski along with the others who are not the usual negatives (Susan Collins, of Maine along with Mitt Romney from Utah) have voted to confirm Jackson in the courtroom.
In addition, she was the sole GOP member who voted against Brett Kavanaugh's nomination in the year 2018.
As I've said earlier, it's not the Republican party that she has rejected. In the last few years, she's also been against her country.
In March 2021 she was one of 4 GOP senators who voted to confirm liberal Deb Haaland to the position of Department of the Interiors' secretary. Haaland, If you're not already aware of it, is the person who allowed the shut off all oil drilling within the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve in Alaska and ended any new leases, as well as development projects, to the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.
The Trump administration allowed both wilderness areas to start drilling for oil or production in the form of. Yet, despite having seen production of gas and oil decline to a 43-year-low in 2020, and seeing the same oil and gas prices rocketing upwards, Haaland has resisted the urge to think about the advantages of changing her decision.
Additionally, Murkowski also voted against the repeal of Obamacare while she voted for Democrats.
As Tshibaka states, the results of these votes show that Murkowski is not in the best position to represent Alaska. It appears as if both the Alaska Republican Party and Trump have a similar view. In November, the odds are she'll lose her employment as a result.