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Lisa Murkowski 'Struggling' to Support Trump

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 04 June 2020 02:50 PM

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said on Thursday that she is "struggling" to decide whether to vote for President Donald Trump in November while applauding Gen. James Mattis’ criticism of the commander in chief.

In comments on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Murkowski said that she is “struggling” with the decision of whether to support Trump.

“I have struggled with it for a long time I think you know that,” she said, according to CNN, noting that she “didn't support the President in the initial election.”

The senator also addressed the recent statement from Mattis, the former Secretary of Defense under Trump, who told The Atlantic that he “watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” in reference to Trump’s response to ongoing protests over the killing of George Floyd.

He added that Trump “tries to divide” the American people, and that recent events are “the consequences of three years without mature leadership.”

Murkowski said, "When I saw General Mattis' comments yesterday I felt like perhaps we are getting to a point where we can be more honest with the concerns that we might hold internally and have the courage of our own convictions to speak up.”

She added, "I was really thankful. I thought General Mattis' words were true, and honest and necessary and overdue," she added. "And, I have been struggling for the right words, and I was encouraged a couple of nights ago when I was able to read what [former President George W.] Bush had written. And I found that to be empowering for me as one leader."

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said on Thursday that she is “struggling” to decide whether to vote for President Donald Trump in November while applauding Gen. James Mattis’ criticism of the commander in chief.
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