The President of the United States, Donald Trump, clearly doesn’t understand how governance works, because he shows time and time again he is willing to punish the population of entire states just because their representatives don’t kowtow to his will.
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) was one of the few Republicans who voted against the motion-to-proceed that opened the Senate floor for the voting of the various versions of the Trumpcare bills. She also voted against the bills themselves, knowing that the passage of any of those bills would be devastating for the people of Alaska.
Showing more bravery than any more of her craven sell-vote colleagues, Murkowski took a stand for the interests of her constituents – and now the White House is threatening to punish her for it.
Both Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Dean Sullivan (R-AK) recieved phone calls today from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who threatened to withhold federal assistance, resources, and favor on a number of different issues unless Sen. Murkowski toed the party line.
Murkowski did not comment on the calls, but Sullivan made this statement to the Alaska Daily News:
“I’m not going to go into the details, but I fear that the strong economic growth, pro-energy, pro-mining, pro-jobs and personnel from Alaska who are part of those policies are going to stop.
We’re facing some difficult times and there’s a lot of enthusiasm for the policies that Secretary Zinke and the president have been talking about with regard to our economy. But the message was pretty clear.”
Some of the plans and projects that Trump is threatening to axe include “nominations of Alaskans to Interior posts, an effort to build a road out of King Cove through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, and future opportunities to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and expand drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.”
Those projects could mean thousands of jobs and tax dollars for the state of Alaska, but Trump is willing to deny that to the people of a state that helped him win his vaunted electoral college victory just because their senator won’t go through on a bill that Trump himself has shown extremely little interest in up to this point.
It’s also no surprise that Trump has elected to go after Murkowski, a woman, with such fervor. Trump despises insubordination from all fronts – but cannot stand it from a woman. His feuds with Alicia Machado, with Megyn Kelly, Rosie O’Donnell, Mika Brzinzski, and on and on, show that his internal misogyny simply cannot abide rejection from a woman.
We all knew Trump to be a bully, but now he’s trying to run this country like a low-level mobster rather than anyone worthy of the nation’s respect.
Every day brings yet another act so despicable it’s hard to see how he could sink lower – but he does.