But the response from pro-Trump activists could be volcanic this time around, as she is the only Republican with immediate political risk before her to vote to condemn Trump for inciting the Capitol uprising. She said she was “sure that there are many Alaskans who are very dissatisfied with my voice, and I am sure there are many Alaskans who are proud of my vote.”
The moderate Republican also voted against the Supreme Court’s Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, contemplating sentencing Trump in 2020, and reluctant to take her party’s steps to confirm Amy Coney Barrett in front of the Supreme Court ahead of last fall’s November election. But since the invasion of pro-Trump rioters on January 6, Murkowski has telegraphed her potential conviction, asking Trump to resign.
As she entered her hiding place in the Capitol to finish her official statement on her vote to condemn Trump, she pointed to the spot where the rubbish and broken glass had been from rioters who were desecrating the building and remembered the sound a police officer who “choked” for doing it was sprayed with pepper. She said what made her “soul happy” on Saturday was the reminder that Congress confirmed the election later that day.
“We did it because we had some amazing men and women ready to stand up and defend and protect. And that was good, ”she said. “I just wish Donald Trump was one of them.”