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 MurkowskiSenate advances Trump energy pick after Manchin flips The Senate must reject Bernard McNamee’s nomination for FERC Overnight Defense: Congress pauses to mourn George H.W. Bush | Haspel to brief senators on Khashoggi killing | Soldier is fourth to die from Afghan IED blast 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 KavanaughThe case for reauthorizing VAWA Kamala Harris to keep seat on Judiciary Committee Planned Parenthood president 'deeply concerned' about Kavanaugh presence on Supreme Court 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 McConnellOval Office clash ups chances of shutdown On The Money: Trump, Dems battle over border wall before cameras | Clash ups odds of shutdown | Senators stunned by Trump's shutdown threat | Pelosi calls wall 'a manhood thing' for Trump Mellman: Enemies of democracy 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.