We always love a woman with a mighty backbone. So today, mixed in with our anguish over what happened in Washington this week, we’re feeling a lot of admiration for the leadership of Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican from Alaska.
We’ve written about her bravery before; for instance, when she voted against gutting Obamacare and just a few months ago when she cried “hypocrisy” over her party reversing its stance on nominating a Supreme Court justice in the year before a presidential election.
We’re applauding Murkowski now because she’s the first GOP senator to call for President Trump to resign after the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday. And she did so without any usual political hemming and hawing. “I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” she told the Anchorage Daily News. Plus, she is questioning whether she will stay in a Republican Party that remains under the thrall of Trump.
“I think he should leave. He said he’s not going to show up. He’s not going to appear at the inauguration. He hasn’t been focused on what is going on with COVID,” Murkowski said. “He’s either been golfing or he’s been inside the Oval Office fuming and throwing every single person who has been loyal and faithful to him under the bus, starting with the vice president. He doesn’t want to stay there. He only wants to stay there for the title. He only wants to stay there for his ego. He needs to get out. He needs to do the good thing, but I don’t think he’s capable of doing a good thing.”
Lisa Murkowski Shows a Backbone
Even though she believed many of the protesters in Washington D.C. were good Americans who were expressing strong support for their president, she said the problem was that they were incited to lawlessness by Trump.
“I will attribute it to the president, who said, even after his vice president told him that morning, ‘I do not have the constitutional authority to do what you have asked me to do. I cannot do it. I have to protect and uphold the Constitution.’ Even after the vice president told President Trump that, he still told his supporters to fight. How are they supposed to take that? It’s an order from the president. And so that’s what they did. They came up and they fought and people were harmed, and injured and died,” Murkowski said.
Her call for Trump’s resignation takes on more force with her implied threat that she may leave the party if he doesn’t resign or if the party itself doesn’t denouce him. “I will tell you, if the Republican Party has become nothing more than the party of Trump, I sincerely question whether this is the party for me,” she said.
Though she had lots of criticism to throw at Trump, she does have the integrity to look at her own culpability. She said Republicans who did not repudiate Trump earlier—including herself—bear some responsibility for the state of Congress and the nation. We just hope more GOP lawmakers will follow her lead in speaking the truth–and good sense–to the country.