Donald Trump’s fiery Sunday night CPAC speech left little doubt as to his hopes to remain a major influence on the Republican Party.
Actually, that’s a rather large understatement. Donald Trump came out guns-a-blazing and starting calling out other members of the GOP by name, insisting that they were RINO’s, and that they needed to be voted out of office.
Lisa Murkowski was one of of those Republicans named by Trump, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has her back.
Of the seven Senate Republicans who voted to convict Trump of inciting a deadly riot at the Capitol on January 6, Alaska’s Murkowski is the only one facing voters in the midterm election next year in a state Trump won by about 10 points last year.
“Absolutely,” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, replied when asked by CNN if the National Republican Senatorial Committee would back Murkowski even after Trump extolled to the Conservative Political Action Conference his desire for political revenge against his critics.
McConnell also had a firm message to send in the general direction of No. 45.
Asked if he was worried the former President’s considerable influence could make it harder for Murkowski to win reelection, McConnell responded firmly: “No.”
Is this just more evidence of the GOP’s coming civil war? Only time will tell.
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