When former President Donald Trump endorses a candidate, it’s a big deal. The Republican Party has acknowledged the influential power of a Trump endorsement, which has proven immensely helpful.
Several of Trump’s candidates won their elections last year, for example. And in 2022, Trump is once again active in backing political leaders that side with his “America First” plan.
But just recently, one of Trump’s endorsements had one big caveat.
In December, the former POTUS announced that he was supporting Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy for re-election. Dunleavy and Trump have been allies for some time, so it wasn’t a big surprise.
However, if Dunleavy wanted Trump’s backing in 2022, he’d have to turn his back on an alleged “RINO” in his state.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Trump have been political enemies for some time, and especially after Murkowski voted to impeach the former President during his second trial.
Trump hasn’t held back since then, proclaiming that Murkowsi is a “disaster from Alaska.” He also accused her of “single-handedly” blowing ANWR, one of the biggest energy sites in the world.
So, if Dunleavy wanted Trump’s support, he’d have to abandon Murkowski.
And if his latest statement is any indication, that’s exactly what he plans to do. Via Fox News:
Gov. Mike Dunleavy of Alaska accepted former President Donald Trump’s endorsement, which came with the stipulation that he does not endorse Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
This comes not long after Trump offered his “complete and total endorsement,” provided Dunleavy wouldn’t support Sen. Murkowski in any way.
The former President has a long memory it seems, and isn’t about to forgive and forget. He has typically rebuffed those in the Republican party who refused to support him when he was in the White House.
In response, the current Governor thanked Donald for “all he has done for Alaska,” and added the following:
Please tell the President thank you for the endorsement.
With regard to the other issue, please tell the President he has nothing to worry about.
I appreciate all 45 has done for Alaska and this country.
While Trump is a staunch Republican and Conservative, Murkowski has a history of siding with certain Democrat policies. This has saddled her with the “RINO” label in the Party.
It’s also important to note that of the seven Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, Murkowski is the only one running for re-election in 2022.
Maybe that’s why Trump made this condition to Dunleavy — he really wants to see one of his political foes unseated in the midterms. And even if that doesn’t happen, at least the Governor is on Donald’s side.
Dunleavy is likely to benefit from Trump’s endorsement, if history is any guide.
Voters do seem to respond to the former President’s recommendations, as he went a perfect 4 and 0 picking candidates during the November election cycle in 2021.