While the vast majority of Congressional Republicans have been enthusiastically behind President Trump since he won the GOP nomination (and eventually the general election), there have been a few holdouts who’ve kept their distance from Trump and are now able to stand back and remind their colleagues the president may wind up taking himself and large portions of the Republican party down him.
Arizona Senator Jeff Flake has never fully embraced Trump, and in his latest book, The Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle, Flake makes it clear that he thinks Trump is the worst thing to ever happen to the GOP, writing at one point:
“To carry on in the spring of 2017 as if what was happening was anything approaching normalcy required a determined suspension of critical faculties. And tremendous powers of denial.”
In a direct shot at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Flake notes that GOP leadership began the war on the White House when President Obama was in office:
“It was we conservatives who, upon Obama’s election, stated that our No. 1 priority was not advancing a conservative policy agenda but making Obama a one-term president—the corollary to this binary thinking being that his failure would be our success and the fortunes of the citizenry would presumably be sorted out in the meantime.”
And in order to win at any cost, Flake continues, the Republicans made a pact with the devil, Donald Trump:
“If this was our Faustian bargain, then it was not worth it. If ultimately our principles were so malleable as to no longer be principles, then what was the point of political victories in the first place?”
Some have suggested that Flake may run against Trump for the GOP nomination in 2020, should Trump manage to avoid impeachment that long. If he does, he would be a powerful, rational, and moral voice against the chaos, cruelty, and madness of Donald Trump.
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