Murkowski dismisses Trump comments: I know Alaska better than he does

Murkowski dismisses Trump comments: I know Alaska better than he does
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Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiPollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee Trump muddles Republican messaging on Afghanistan Trump drama divides GOP, muddling message MORE (R-Alaska) on Wednesday dismissed criticism from President Trump, telling reporters that she knows Alaska voters “better than he does.”

Trump told The Washington Post Saturday that Murkowski’s decision to not vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughConservative justices split in ruling for immigrant fighting deportation Supreme Court weighs whether to limit issuance of exemptions to biofuel blending requirements The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP makes infrastructure play; Senate passes Asian hate crimes bill MORE was “really unacceptable” and he thinks “the people from Alaska will never forgive her for what she did.” 


Murkowski, who is not up for reelection until 2022, told reporters her “barometer is not necessarily what the president says but what the people of Alaska say,” according to The Associated Press

Murkowski adopted a stronger tone Wednesday than she did during comments she made Tuesday about her vote in which she said, “I took the vote that I took. And I'm good with it and I'm moving forward. I think we all need to be, so I'm not going to dwell on the ‘what ifs.’”

“I took the vote that I took and we're moving forward,” she added.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAssaults on Roe v Wade increasing Trump spokesman says defeating Cheney a top priority Biden to meet with GOP senators amid infrastructure push MORE (R-Ky.) also offered his own support, telling the AP that “nobody’s going to beat her” in Alaska. 

Murkowski was the only Republican senator to not vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing was upended after three women went public with allegations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh when he was in high school and college. He offered a fiery denial of the accusations at a hearing late last month in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in which he called the allegations planned “smears” as part of the Democrats’ “revenge on behalf of the Clintons.”

Murkowski cited “matters of temperament” and “demeanor” in a speech explaining her opposition to Kavanaugh. 

The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh last weekend by a 50-48 margin. He was sworn in Saturday night.