Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has responded to Donald Trump’s threat to campaign against her when she’s up for reelection, making it clear that she’s not afraid of his tweets.
Trump railed against Murkowski in a series of tweets after the Alaska senator applauded a statement from former Marine Gen. James Mattis —in which the former secretary of defense slammed Trump as “the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people” amid nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd— as “true, and honest and necessary and overdue.”
“I made the comments that I made,” Murkowski told CNN on Monday. “I stand by them. Again, I think it’s important that we have a president who is working to bring people together. … And tone and words matter.”
She added, “I cannot live in fear of a tweet. That’s where I am now.”
Mattis’ statement last week came after federal law enforcement and National Guardsmen forcefully put down a peaceful protest outside the White House as Trump threatened to send in the US military to quell demonstrations across the nation in the wake of Floyd’s death.