(PatrioticPost.com)- On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump endorsed Alaska’s Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy in his reelection bid. But rather than his usual “complete and total” endorsement, Trump’s endorsement of Dunleavy comes with one notable condition.
Trump’s endorsement will stand provided Dunleavy doesn’t endorse Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski in her campaign for reelection.
Murkowski, not a particularly popular Republican, is facing a challenge from Republican Kelly Tshibaka whom Trump endorsed over the summer.
In his conditional endorsement of Dunleavy, Trump offered “my Complete and Total Endorsement” adding it was contingent on Dunleavy not endorsing Murkowski “who has been very bad for Alaska.”
She also voted to convict Trump in this year’s impeachment trial. And while the former President made no mention of Murkowski’s impeachment vote in his statement, no doubt that vote factored into Trump’s decision to endorse Tshibaka.
Trump added that it was Dunleavy’s prerogative to endorse Murkowski, but if he does “my endorsement of him is null and void, and of no further force or effect!”
Well, why bother endorsing him at all?
It isn’t known if the former President spoke with Dunleavy before releasing this odd endorsement. Dunleavy has aligned himself closely with Trump since he took office in 2018.
As yet, Dunleavy has not commented on the former president’s endorsement.
This year, Alaska is conducting one of those ridiculous “jungle primaries” where all candidates regardless of party affiliation run against each other. The top four vote-getters in the jungle primary will then advance to the November general election in which the equally ridiculous ranked-choice voting will be used to determine the winner.
Unfortunately, Murkowski is like a mold infestation. You just can’t get rid of her easily. In 2010, she was defeated in the Republican primary by attorney Joe Miller. Rather than slink away in defeat, Murkowski launched a write-in campaign in the general midterm election and won.