Alaska GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski on Friday became the first Republican senator to call for President Donald Trump to resign.
Murkowski has wrestled with her support of Trump in the past. During February’s impeachment proceedings against Trump, Murkowski publicly announced that she had a difficult time deciding if she should vote for Trump’s acquittal. Calls for Trump to leave office have increased since the Wednesday riot at the U.S. Capitol, an event many believe Trump incited.
“I want him to resign,” Murkowski told the Anchorage Daily News on Friday. “I want him out. He has caused enough damage.”
“[Trump] doesn’t want to stay there,” Murkowski added. “He only wants to stay there for the title. He only wants to stay there for his ego. He needs to get out. He needs to do the good thing, but I don’t think he’s capable of doing a good thing.”
Murkowski said Trump’s continued attempts to overturn the results of the election, even after being informed by Vice President Mike Pence that he could not decertify the results of the Electoral College, helped created the environment that spurred the riot.
“Even after the vice president told President Trump that, he still told his supporters to fight,” Murkowski said. “How are they supposed to take that? It’s an order from the president. And so that’s what they did. They came up and they fought and people were harmed, and injured and died.”
Trump’s actions have led Murkowski to consider leaving the GOP. “If the Republican Party has become nothing more than the party of Trump,” Murkowski said, “I sincerely question whether this is the party for me.”
Murkowski did not indicate which party she would affiliate herself with if she did leave the Republican party. Newsweek reached out to Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer‘s office for comment.
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Lisa Murkowski is First Republican Senator to Demand Trump Leave Office The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ Newsweek.