When former President Donald Trump endorses a candidate for office, people pay attention. That’s because statistically, Trump’s influence can’t be ignored, and often results in victory.
Several of the candidates he chose this year won their elections, and the GOP rarely underestimates the impact of a Trump backing. It’s a big reason why he remains a major figure in the party.
This week, Trump revealed his endorsement for Alaska state governor — but there’s one big caveat.
The upcoming gubernatorial election in Alaska features the incumbent, Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, who has championed conservative ideals and values for years.
The former POTUS is a fan of Dunleavy’s, and has often praised the Governor for his right-wing policies. So, perhaps it’s not a big surprise that Trump is pulling for Dunleavy to be reelected.
But Trump attached a surprise “if” to his announcement.
For a while now, Trump has been at odds with Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who voted to impeach Trump during his second trial. She’s one of the “RINOs,” according to many.
And if Dunleavy backs Murkowski, Trump will be forced to withdraw his support.
From Fox News:
Former President Donald Trump announced Tuesday his support for the reelection bid by Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, but his endorsement hinges on whether the governor backs one of Trump’s most vocal Republican critics in the Senate.
Trump said Dunleavy “has been a strong and consistent Conservative since his time in the Alaska State Senate,” and he was proud to endorse his run, and his first reelection bid.
But Dunleavy must commit to a “non-endorsement” of Sen. Murkowski, who Trump claims has been “very bad for Alaska.” He cited losing ANWAR (a critical drilling site) as one of her serious mistakes.
So, the bottom line is this:
In other words, if Mike endorses her, which is his prerogative, my endorsement of him is null and void, and of no further force or effect.
Murkowski is known as a moderate Republican and voted to impeach the former President, along with six other GOP members. She is currently running for reelection in the 2022 midterms.
One of her opponents is former Alaska commissioner of administration Kelly Tshibaka, who Trump has also endorsed. She has also recently called for the removal of Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
Tshibaka might not be able to unseat Murkowski, but Trump wants to be sure Dunleavy doesn’t support his long-time foe.
She has been a thorn in Trump’s side for some time; this includes voting against a plan to ditch Obamacare, and opposing the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Now, Trump doesn’t want anything to do with someone who supports Murkowski. So, if Dunleavy wants “the power of Trump” in his reelection bid, he’ll have to make a decision.