Trump Endorses Governor With One Specific Condition

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Trump didn’t forget.

In an attempt to guarantee Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) defeat in Alaska’s gubernatorial race, former President Donald Trump has endorsed Alaska’s governor.

On Tuesday (December 28), Trump threw his support behind Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy, who is currently running for reelection. His support came with one condition: don’t back Murkowski. Trump was very blunt when relaying his conditions, stating that if Dunleavy endorsed Murkowski, his endorsement would become “null and void, and of no further force or effect.”

Murkowski earned Trump’s ire after she was one of only seven Republican senators who voted to convict for the January 6 insurrection. At that time, the former President vowed to take political revenge on Republican senators who voted to convict or impeach him. Of the 7 Republicans, Murkowski was the only senator who was seeking reelection in the 2022 midterms.

Further establishing his desire to ensure Murkowski wasn’t reelected, Trump endorsed one of her primary opponents, Kelly Tshibaka in June.
At that time, the former President said of Tshibaka, that she would be the candidate who’d be able to beat Murkowski as she was a “fighter who stands for Alaska values and America first.?”

The former President elaborated his statements by saying that Tshibaka was “MAGA all the way,” saying that she was “pro-energy, strong on the border,” and “tough on crime,” adding that he was looking forward to campaigning with the Senate-hopeful in Alaska.

Following Trump’s endorsement of Governor Dunleavy, Maggie’s List, a conservative political action committee announced on Wednesday (December 29) that they would be endorsing Tshibaka instead of Murkowski.

After the announcement, Tshibaka tweeted her gratitude, saying she was proud of the endorsement and hoped to show younger conservative women that they could achieve leadership roles in the GOP.