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When Donald Trump appears at the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, most people knew that it was just the start of what he had planned.
The 45th president, who has been banned from Twitter, which was his favorite venue to speak, has started to communicate via his office and his official statements hit even harder than a tweet.
This weekend one hit Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski harder than anyone as Trump announced that he would be campaigning against her as she attempts to remain the Senator from Alaska, Politico reported.
“I will not be endorsing, under any circumstances, the failed candidate from the great State of Alaska, Lisa Murkowski. She represents her state badly and her country even worse. I do not know where other people will be next year, but I know where I will be — in Alaska campaigning against a disloyal and very bad Senator,” he said.
Murkowski, who has held her seat since 2002, has been a longtime critic of the former president and was one of seven Republican senators to vote to convict him in last month’s impeachment trial. She is the only one of the seven to face reelection in 2022.
A Murkowski spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
Trump’s statement comes just days after Murkowski advanced the nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) to serve as interior secretary, which Trump called “yet another example of Murkowski not standing up for Alaska.”
Murkowski was the only Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to approve the nomination. The 63-year-old senator said she “struggled” with whether to back Haaland, saying she had to reconcile the Democrat’s past opposition to oil drilling with her heritage as a Native American, a well-represented population in Murkowski’s home state.
The Alaska senator spoke to reporters in February, after she voted to convict Trump during his impeachment trial, and she said she knew it could have consequences for her career.
“I know that my actions, my vote may have political consequences. And I understand that. I absolutely understand that. But I can’t be afraid of that,” she said.
Trump was also incensed that Republican fundraising groups who also give cash to Republicans who voted against him, continue to use his name to fundraise.
The 45th president sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee and asked them to stop using his name to fundraise.
“President Trump remains committed to the Republican Party and electing America First conservatives, but that doesn’t give anyone – friend or foe – permission to use his likeness without explicit approval,” a Trump advisor said, Politico reported.
On Friday, the RNC sent out two emails asking supporters to donate as a way to add their name to a “thank you” card for Trump. “President Trump will ALWAYS stand up for the American People, and I just thought of the perfect way for you to show that you support him!” the email states. “As one of President Trump’s MOST LOYAL supporters, I think that YOU, deserve the great honor of adding your name to the Official Trump ‘Thank You’ Card.” A follow-up email was sent hours later to “President Trump’s TOP supporters” warning of a deadline of 10 hours to get their names on the card.