Trump's aversion to long flights may interfere with his vendetta against Lisa Murkowski: report

Trump's aversion to long flights may interfere with his vendetta against Lisa Murkowski: report

Former President Donald Trump has sworn revenge against the minority of Republicans in Congress who supported his impeachment, and that includes Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Murkowski was among the seven GOP senators who voted "guilty" during Trump's second impeachment trial. But according to Washington Post reporters Seung Min Kim and Paul Kane, something could interfere his hopes of getting even with Murkowski: Trump's aversion to long flights.

"Murkowski is higher on his list of enemies than other senators and lawmakers," Kim and Kane report. "One adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations, recently said Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) topped Trump's list. Then came Murkowski and then, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R). Trump does want to spend money against her, this adviser said. Some people in his circle doubt, though, that he will be as much of a potent force in the race because traveling to campaign against her would require such a long flight, which Trump generally avoids."

Trump now lives in South Florida on his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach. The distance from Miami to Anchorage is more than 4000 miles, and a Miami-Anchorage flight is at least eight and one-half hours.

The former president hopes to take revenge against the Republicans on his enemies list by campaigning for their opponents in GOP primaries, but campaigning against Murkowski in person in Alaska would require a long flight. However, Trump could still campaign against her online without leaving Mar-a-Lago.

Reporter Benjamin Hart, in New York Magazine, notes, "Trump's frankly relatable aversion to spending too much time on planes isn't the only factor working in Murkowski's favor. The senator is far more insulated from primary challenges than many of her colleagues, thanks to Alaska's ranked-choice voting system and — perhaps more important — its nonpartisan, top-four primary system, which voters passed last year. The rule means that Murkowski is extremely likely to advance to a general election no matter who challenges her from the right."

Trump regarded Murkowski as a frequent thorn in his side during his four years in the White House. In 2017, the Alaska Republican voted against a bill to overturn the Affordable Care Act of 2010, a.k.a. Obamacare — and in 2018, Murkowski was the only GOP senator who vote against the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.


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