Lisa Murkowski Raises Bar for Republicans on Trump

UPDATE: Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is also speaking up for Mattis:

“The president did not fire him. He did not ask for his resignation,” Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, said in an interview. “The president has clearly forgotten how it actually happened or is confused. The president tweeted a very positive tweet about Jim until he started to see on Fox News their interpretation of his letter. Then he got nasty. Jim Mattis is a honorable man.”


Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

Former Defense Secretary James Mattiswho served under President Trump — is making headlines for his strong comments condemning Trump’s recent actions and general fitness for office. If you missed what Mattis said, click here.

As CNN reports, Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is raising what has been a very low bar on the matter of expressing concern about President Trump:

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska broke with many of her Republican colleagues Thursday, applauding an op-ed by General James Mattis that condemned President Donald Trump’s actions this week.

“When I saw General Mattis’ comments yesterday I felt like perhaps we are getting to a point where we can be more honest with the concerns that we might hold internally and have the courage of our own convictions to speak up,” Murkowksi said on Capitol Hill.

The comments were a stark contrast to many of her other Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill who argued that while Mattis had a right to disagree with Trump, they didn’t agree with Mattis’ assessment [Pols emphasis].

Murkowski also claimed that she is “struggling” with the question about whether or not she will support Trump’s re-election in November:

“I am struggling with it. I have struggled with it for a long time I think you know that. I didn’t support the President in the initial election, and I work hard to try to make sure that I’m able to represent my state well that I’m able to work with any administration and any president,” Murkowski said. “He is our duly elected President I will continue to work with him. I will continue to work with this administration but I think right now as we are all struggling to find ways to express the words that need to be expressed appropriately, questions about who I’m going to vote for not going to vote for I think are distracting at the moment.”

Some Republican Senators were found on Capitol Hill Thursday shrugging off Mattis’ remarks. We haven’t yet seen or heard any comment from Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner.


14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. NOV GOP meltdown says:

    " Struggling " about whether or not to continue to support the most incompetent, venal and petty administration in US history. It's not really a struggle for most of us.

    • Struggling with how she can be more open and honest, maybe? There's always the independent route for her; hell, she won on a write-in campaign…

      • NOV GOP meltdown says:

        I give her the benefit of the doubt, but IMHO its way past time to call out Trump. I guess we will see.

        Speaking of breaking ranks with Trump, I have to also say I really admire what Mitt Romney did with his impeachment vote.  Not my favorite guy, but you have to give credit where its due. He took a stand on principle and became a pretty damn lonely guy as a result. 

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    When I saw General Mattis’ comments yesterday I felt like perhaps we are getting to a point where we can be more honest with the concerns that we might hold internally and have the courage of our own convictions to speak up,” Murkowksi said on Capitol Hill.

    ????? WTFF ????? . . . 

    If irony had not already been allegedly murdered 1,000 times by now, this would have most certainly been the Murkowski-with-a-Presser-in-the-Library moment . . . 

    Please, do let us know when “we” finally do “get there,” huh Lisa Lucy?

    • NOV GOP meltdown says:

      Senator Murkowsky may in good time see to it, and initiate the implementation process that will begin fixing to do something (at some point). It's like their healthcare plan.

  3. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    Here is another excellent article in the current issue of The Atlantic examining the history and psychology of the collaborator.

    History Will Judge the Complicit

    Why have Republican leaders abandoned their principles in support of an immoral and dangerous president?

    Perhaps as this song from Roger Waters explains, the tide is turning


  4. COgator95 says:

    Senate republicans continue to betray their oath of office and should be considered f–king traitors. These pathetic twats are desperately trying not to piss off their dear leader trump and his dimwitted supporters instead of upholding their oath. F–k them.

  5. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    the drawback to a liberal arts education … when I read John Kelly's comment, I immediately flashed on ANOTHER politician insisting that one of his colleagues was "an honorable man."

    Shakespeare, dramatizing in the play Julius Caesar, has Antony repeat several times that “Brutus is an honorable man.”

    Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;

    I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him….

    Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.

    He was my friend, faithful and just to me:

    But Brutus says he was ambitious;

    And Brutus is an honourable man.

    I don't think John Kelly is a theater buff.

  6. Early WormEarly Worm says:

    I watched video of the stormtroopers clearing out peaceful protesters on Monday from Layfayette Park so that Trump could have his photo op. It is sickening. Do you think any of these Republicans would express a little more concern if the protesters were marching in opposition to abortion or in support of the second amendment? They have truly sold their souls.

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      ….the possible exception of another Republican President, the late, great, Abraham Lincoln…and it’s not even close.

      This quote from one of T***ps' tweets today left my Cat and I consumed with laughter. "the late, great," ??? Oh, no…when did we lose Abe? Who knew?surprise

  7. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    The Dumpster® 
    “Lisa Murkowski — Get any candidate ready, good or bad, I don’t care, I’m endorsing. If you have a pulse, I’m with you!”

    Donny Boy is unhappy.

  8. JRRWIRED says:

    Raises the bar by what, like, 2cm off the ground?  1.5 cm?

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