Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin has threatened to challenge Senator Lisa Murkowski in the 2022 primary for refusing to back President Trump‘s Supreme Court nominee before the 2020 election.
In an video posted to her Instagram account, Palin called out Murkowski while standing in front of her home in Alaska.
“Lisa Murkowski, this is my house. I’m willing to give it up … for the greater good of this country and this great state,” Palin says.
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Palin goes on to tell Murkowski to “walk back” her decision that she will not vote on a Supreme Court nominee from President Trump, and that she would rather wait and let the winner of the presidential election nominate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s replacement.
“For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election. Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed,” Murkowski said on Sunday.
“I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia. We are now even closer to the 2020 election – less than two months out – and I believe the same standard must apply,” she continued.
Murkowski already attempted to slightly walk back her position, stating on Tuesday that she “can’t confirm whether or not I can confirm a nominee when I don’t know who the nominee is.”
Palin hinted in her video that Murkowski may face a backlash if she does not vote to confirm President Trump’s nominee.
“If you can’t find it within yourself to do the right thing this time, and at least give a fair shake to the Supreme Court nominee that your president will be bringing before you, if you can’t find it within yourself to do the right thing, … and what the majority of Americans want you to do, to do what you were sent to Washington, D.C., to do,” Palin said.
“Walk back what you have already committed yourself to. You better backtrack. You know, you have already put yourself in this box saying no matter who it is, you’re not going to support the person, not until you have a chance to appoint a judicial nominee under another president instead of this one. You’re hoping, what, that this president doesn’t win? Otherwise, you’d be cooperating with the president. Really, what it is is cooperating with the majority of Americans who know that it’s now or never for America,” Palin continued.
“So much hinges on the Supreme Court. You know the reason, you know why it’s so important, and that’s why you’re thinking you’re going to go rogue. You know, there’s a time and a place to go rogue. This isn’t the time, this isn’t the place. We sure hope you have it within you to do the right thing this time. So you should walk back,” Palin says, referencing to her 2009 book “Going Rogue.”
“We’ll forgive you. Wait … we’ve done this how many times before, though? And we kept saying we’d forgive this? If you can’t do that, remember my house. I can see a lot of things from my house. … Lisa, I can see 2022 from my house,” Palin says as she ends the video.
The video, which was broken in to three parts, was posted to Palin’s Instagram on Thursday:
According to The Daily Wire, “Palin made a similar threat to Murkowski in 2018 after the senator voted against pushing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation out of the Senate Judiciary Committee to the full Senate.”
“Hey @LisaMurkowski – I can see 2022 from my house,” Palin said.
Hey @LisaMurkowski – I can see 2022 from my house…
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) October 5, 2018