January 08

Murkowski Is First GOP Senator To Call For Trump’s Resignation

By Claire Hardwick

As the nation continues to process the unprecedented events that took place at our nation’s capital on Wednesday, there have been countless calls from Democrats for President Trump to resign. So far, no Republican senators have been part of that effort, but Senator Murkowski has finally voiced her opinion in response to the violent event. 

While senators have remained quiet, except for a few, on some of Trump’s most egregious acts, they knew they needed his base support for their party to have any chance keeping their majority. The result, however, was a sacrifice of their own conservative principles, and an awareness that Trump’s power does not determine an election victory. Losing Georgia, a solidly red state, they have lost the Senate majority. Murkowski, who has already been a frequent target for attacks by President Trump, made a bold move to encourage Republicans to stand up to Trumpism and move forward. 

In an interview with Anchorage Daily News, Murkowski said, “I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage.” 

Murkowski also commented on his leadership during the nation’s coronavirus pandemic. She said, “I think he should leave. He said he’s not going to show up. He’s not going to appear at the at the inauguration. He hasn’t been focused on what is going on with COVID. He’s either been golfing or he’s been inside the Oval Office fuming and throwing every single person who has been loyal and faithful to him under the bus, starting with the vice president.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has started the impeachment process on Capitol Hill, and Senator Sasse has said he may be open to voting to impeach the sitting president. With less that two weeks left of President Trump’s reign, Republican congressmen and senators have to take a position on how they will leave the Trump era. In a speech today, Biden hinted that he spoke with his former Republican colleagues about the events that transpired, and they have expressed their disgust with how everything happened. 

Why this matters: While the White House has remained eerily quiet on Trump’s plans for the next two weeks, Republicans, as a party, have to decide how to move forward. The biggest concern is sending a message to Trump supporters, and those who want to inherit the Trump legacy, that this type of behavior has consequences. While people like Senator Cruz, Senator Hawley, Ivanka and Don Jr. have all hinted at a desire to continue the Trump legacy, it is up to the GOP to turn a new page and move forward from this era.