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American Republican politician criticizes Donald Trump

American Republican politician criticizes Donald Trump

Lisa Murkowski, a prominent critic of former President Donald Trump, has not publicly ruled out leaving the Republican Party.

“I'm navigating some very interesting political times. “Let's leave it at that,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski said when a CNN journalist asked her if she could imagine becoming a nonpartisan politician.

Republican, but not a friend of Trump: Lisa Murkowski.Image: Cornerstone

The 66-year-old senator from the US state of Alaska said: “I regret that our party appears to have become the party of Donald Trump.” There is no way she can support Trump.

Trump wants to run for the Republican Party in the presidential elections scheduled for next November. He certainly has a candidacy, but the presidential candidate will not be officially chosen until the summer. Murkowski is considered somewhat moderate. She was one of seven Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in the Senate after the storming of the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. Murkowski stressed again that what happened at that time is indefensible.

Former GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also found surprisingly critical words in a television interview over the weekend. The storming of the Capitol was “unacceptable.” He does not represent your party or the United States of America. When asked why she was at a loss for critical words as party chair, McDaniel responded: “As chair of the RNC, you have to advocate for the whole team. Now I can be myself a little bit more.”

FILE - Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel speaks before a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by NBC News, on Nov. 8, 2023, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Ronna McDaniel also criticizes the storming of the Capitol.Image: Cornerstone

At the end of February, McDaniel and her co-chair resigned. Trump had previously recommended his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, for the position and criticized McDaniel's work. Lara Trump has now served as co-chair. Among other things, the Republican National Committee organizes the nominating party convention, where delegates formally elect the Republican presidential nominee after the primaries.

Murkowski and McDaniel's frankly critical words are certainly noteworthy. But it does not change the fact that the majority of Republicans strongly support Trump. The party expelled critics of the 77-year-old. For example, Liz Cheney lost her leadership role within the party, and eventually her seat in the House of Representatives. (sdp/EPA/con)

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