Sen. Jeff Flake Knew His Criticism Of Trump Would Cost Him

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Members of Congress who are demanding Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails are largely exempt from the threat of such scrutiny themselves. “I don’t want to sound like we’re separating ourselves from other groups, but there is a reason that you protect constituent correspondence, so it’s a little different kettle of fish,” said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Jeff Flake’s says he is a strong supporter of many of President Donald Trump’s policy and personnel decisions, voting for his judicial nominees, his regulatory rollbacks and the GOP health-care plan.

But he says he abhors the president’s boorish behavior and penchant for picking personal fights, which led him to make the public criticisms of Trump – conveyed to the president directly, in the press and in a best-selling book – that ultimately led to his downfall.

Flake’s decision to retire when his term ends next year, announced this past week in a dramatic Senate floor speech, came after reams of polling data showed he would lose decisively in a Republican primary battle next year where he would have likely faced a pro-Trump challenger.

“I couldn’t sleep at night having to embrace the president or condoning his behavior or being okay with some of his positions,” he said. “I just couldn’t do it – it was never in the cards.”

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  1. What a stupid selfish person. So he knew he had zero chance of winning his seat again, so he decided to waste Congress time by giving his stupid selfish rant. What an immature loser. DRAIN THE SWAMP!!!

  2. Wow, someone in politics who actually has real values and is willing to risk his seat because of his deep seated convictions. If only we had more like him, this country would be so much better. Instead we’re stuck with people who only care about themselves, as personified by the 2 “great” candidates in the last election

  3. It’s all about himself. If he can’t have it his way then he quits! Sounds like a second grader to me!
    You don’t have to like his boorish attitude and behavior – you have to work together for the good of the country!


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