On Tuesday, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced that he would not be seeking re-election 2018. Flake also went on to absolutely annihilate and humiliate his party’s president with a scathing rebuke of Donald Trump and his poisonous ideology.
Flake’s opening address probably prompted a few “oh-oh” looks from his party leaders.
“There are times when we must risk our careers in favor of our principles,” he said in the opening moments of his address. “Now is such a time.”
The Arizona senator then went on to release the hounds of hell on Trump’s new Republican party:
“It must also be said that I rise today with no small measure of regret. Regret because of the state of our disunion. Regret because of the disrepair and destructiveness of our politics. Regret because of the indecency of our discourse. Regret because of the coarseness of our leadership.
Regret for the compromise of our moral authority, and by our, I mean all of our complicity in this alarming and dangerous state of affairs. It is time for our complicity and our accommodation of the unacceptable to end. In this century, a new phrase has entered the language to describe the accommodation of a new and undesirable order, that phrase being the new normal.”
Transcript via The New York Times
Many were surprised by Flake’s “no fucks left to give” speech, however, the Senator has never made how he felt about Trump and the current trajectory of his party a secret. Last year Flake wrote this:
“If by 2017 the conservative bargain was to go along for the very bumpy ride because with congressional hegemony and the White House we had the numbers to achieve some long-held policy goals — even as we put at risk our institutions and our values — then it was a very real question whether any such policy victories wouldn’t be Pyrrhic ones,” Flake wrote in “The Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle”. “If this was our Faustian bargain, then it was not worth it.”
However, one statement by the retiring Senator said it all, while condemning Trump’s behavior Flake also issued a cryptic warning:
“When such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else: It is dangerous to a democracy,” Flake said.
Let’s just hope by 2020, either the American people or Congress gets the message before it’s too late.