“Take Murkovskaya out of here, because she is not a republican. She is not a Republican,” the former president insisted to a crowd of about 5,000 supporters in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday.
Trump said he was making good on a promise to his supporters in the Last Frontier State by holding his rally there Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center.
“You have a lousy senator, don’t you?” Trump added Murkowski. “But we’re going to do something about it.”
“You’re going to fire your RINO – she’s worse than a RINO – Senator Lisa Murkowski. She is the worst. I rate it as bad, he said.
Trump has made it clear that his goal in the 2022 election is to unseat all incumbents he considers RINOs, a nickname for anti-MAGA Republicans, which stands for “Republican in Name Only.”
Murkowski is one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial since the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, which a special committee is still investigating in Congress.
Donald Trump said Saturday that “lousy” Sen. Lisa Murkowski is “worse than a RINO” as he traveled to Alaska to bash her rival and House candidate Sarah Palin
Saturday’s visit was Trump’s first campaign rally in Alaska. The Alaska Airlines Center was nearly filled to its 5,000 capacity – 1,000 more can stand in the arena
Palin (pictured at a rally on Saturday, July 9 in Anchorage) is running to fill the US House seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Don Young in March 2022.
That vote and her status as a moderate GOP senator make her a RINO in Trump’s world.
He called Murkowski “one of the most destructive two-faced senators” out of all those he believed to be against him.
Trump has now made it his goal to rally against those Republicans who voted to impeach and impeach him, and who supported his rivals in the 2022 midterm elections.
That includes Kelly Cibak, who is facing Murkowski in the primary.
He also supports Sarah Palin in her bid for the US House seat vacated by the late Don Young.
“You’re going to send the great, legendary Sarah Palin to the US House of Representatives. An incredible woman,” he said before thanking Palin for supporting him in 2016.
“I’m here to say that I like you the most. I know your opponents, and I like you better,” Trump said of the former governor of Alaska.
Kelly Cybaka (pictured speaking at Saturday’s rally) is a Trump-endorsed candidate running against Murkowski, running for her fourth term in the Senate
Of his visit to Anchorage, Trump said, “I’m here for two reasons, to support great candidates and to fulfill my promise to Alaska — that I was going to come here. You know that.”
“You voted for me twice, and both times I won by a landslide. And now I vote for you. That’s why I’m here,” he added.
The Alaska Airlines Center holds 6,000 people – 1,000 standing and 5,000 seated. Almost all the seats were filled, except for many who blocked the view behind the press stands.
Just minutes before Trump’s arrival, a crowd count showed nearly 5,000 people had been admitted.
“I like Alaska,” Trump said during one of the many “USA” chants Saturday afternoon.
The former president’s supporters in Alaska shared a sense of disenfranchisement with Murkowski, one of the most moderate Republican lawmakers in the U.S. Senate.
“She no longer represents the people of Alaska – what we want,” a woman who traveled from a town around Seward, Alaska, while waiting to get into the rally, told DailyMail.com.
Trump flew into the last border state directly from Las Vegas, Nev., after holding a rally there Friday night to endorse Tsybaka, Palin and Gov. Mike Dunleavy in his bid for re-election to the governor’s mansion.
Several other rally-goers and Alaskans from around the state who dined in Anchorage over the weekend agreed that Murkowski is not representative of the GOP.
On Saturday, July 9, 2022, Palin received a warm welcome from Trump supporters in Anchorage, Alaska
Trump flew into the last border state directly from Las Vegas, Nevada, after holding a rally there Friday night to take on Murkowski’s primary challenger Kelly Cibak (left) and House candidate Sata Palin (right)
Masked Trump supporters are expected to arrive at a rally in Anchorage
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell poses with a Trump supporter before the rally
One Democratic Anchorage resident, who identified himself only as Dan, told DailyMail.com during lunch at a Snow City coffee shop Saturday morning that he would cast his vote for Murkowski now that the state has switched to an open election system. The 47-year-old said he would rather have an “anti-Trump” Republican in Congress than risk wasting his vote on a Democrat who is likely to “lose the general election.”
Alaska is exactly 10 percent red for Trump in 2020, up from 14.7 percent in 2016.
Several voters, most of whom did not want to be named, told DailyMail.com that while they support Trump and Palin, they are still voting for Murkowski in the primary.
An Alaska poll conducted July 2-5 shows Murkowski with 52 percent of the vote to Chibaki’s 48 percent. But statewide polling averages show the two slightly closer, separated by just 3 percentage points.
The same polling group shows Palin consistently trailing Republican primary candidate Nick Begich, who is also vying for Young’s seat. The challenger is tied or ahead of Palin by 1-2 percentage points.
Begich has capital among Alaska Republicans. He co-chaired Young’s last 2020 re-election campaign.
Fans in the stands at the Alaska Airlines Center on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus gave Palin a standing ovation when she entered the arena hours before Trump arrived.
Trump supporters in Alaska echoed the DailyMail.com and mocked the general feeling of being disenfranchised by moderate US Senator Lisa Murkowski
People at Saturday’s Save America rally wait for the hall to fill up
Trump supporters lined up to enter the arena in Anchorage
Trump endorsed Palin in her special election to replace the late Congressman Young, who served as a U.S. congressman for the Alaska House district from 1973 until his death in March 2022.
The former president is finally making the trek to the 49th state now that the House, one Senate and the governor’s seat are open at the same time. The move is also part of his revenge tour as he pushes particularly hard for his 2022 midterm candidates against incumbents who voted to impeach him.
Incumbent Junior Senator Dan Sullivan was re-elected to a second term in 2020.
Trump supporters in Alaska are trying to push Palin, who served as governor from 2006 to 2009 and mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, from 1996 to 2002, again.
Alaska’s primary election will be held later this summer, on Aug. 16, before the November primary will decide who will serve in the Alaska House district, as well as whether Murkowski will continue to represent the state in the Senate and whether Dunleavy will retain his seat in the governor’s mansion.
Murkowski is the second longest-serving female Republican senator, trailing only her moderate Susan Collins of Maine. Both hold important swing votes in the upper chamber, especially with the Senate split 50-50 and Democrats.
The daughter of former Alaska governor and U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, the senior senator was first appointed to her seat in December 2002 by her father when he resigned to become the state’s governor.
She completed her father’s term in January 2005 and began her first full term, to which she was elected in November 2004.
Despite the apparent nepotism, Murkowski, 65, is a widely popular name in Alaska — and she likely would have ascended to the Senate even if her father had not appointed her to the position. She is only the second U.S. senator since Strom Thurmond in 1954 to be elected by popular vote in the 2010 election.
Murkowski is now seeking a fourth term in office, but it is increasingly likely that she could be removed from office.
The August primary is the first Murkowski has faced since she voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial. This led to Murkowski being censured by the Alaska Republican Party.