Anti-Trump GOP Alaska Senator doesn't shoot down notion of becoming independent

Posted 19 days ago


Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, didn't rule out becoming an independent during an interview and expressed regret that the GOP was "seemingly becoming a party of Donald Trump."

Murkowski, who voted to convict Trump during his second impeachment trial in 2021, told CNN's Manu Raju she was navigating "interesting political times," and would not say she would remain a member of the GOP.

"I wish that as Republicans, we had … a nominee that I could get behind," Murkowski said. "I certainly can’t get behind Donald Trump."

"Oh, I think I’m very independent minded," she said, in response to a question about becoming an independent. "I just regret that our party is seemingly becoming a party of Donald Trump."

She was asked if she meant she would be changing her party affiliation.

"I am navigating my way through some very interesting political times. Let’s just leave it at that," she responded.

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