Arizona Senator Jeff Flake attacked President Donald Trump in a searing book in early 2017 and he isn’t letting up as he prepares to retire from politics. On Tuesday, Flake announced he would not seek a second term, he then proceeded to go after the 45th POTUS.
“We have fooled ourselves long enough that a pivot to governing is just around the corner,” Flake said in a searing speech on the Senate Floor. He then said Trump’s White House is full of “reckless” leadership. “When such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it’s something else: a danger to our democracy.”
While Flake has reliably voted in favor of Trump’s policy decisions, he has remained an outspoken critic of the President’s governance.
Flake was likely going to face an uphill battle in the coming primary with former state Senator Kelli Ward and a Trump-backed ally likely to face him. Flake argued that in order to win the primary, he would have to become a hard-right, bullying caricature.
“Here’s the bottom line: The path that I would have to travel to get the Republican nomination is a path I’m not willing to take, and that I can’t in good conscience take,” Flake said.
“It would require me to believe in positions I don’t hold on such issues as trade and immigration and it would require me to condone behavior that I cannot condone.”
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