Trump won the White House last year on a staunch anti-immigration, protectionist as well as nationalist platform. His often coarse, off-the-cuff speaking style endeared millions of voters nevertheless increasingly left some GOP lawmakers feeling he had abandoned the country’s core principles.
Trump had personally targeted Flake when he bucked the president. In multiple tweets earlier This specific year, Trump called the senator “weak,” “ineffective” as well as “toxic.”
The president’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, was targeting the Arizona Republican as well as others within the party with primary challenges, seeking candidates more in Trump’s mold.
Flake on Tuesday said he did not criticize the president because he relished which, nevertheless because he felt which was his duty.
Sen. John McCain, who also earned Trump’s ire, particularly for voting against an Obamacare repeal plan, thanked Flake for his service in a tweet.
Flake joins a growing list of notable Republicans who have publicly as well as pointedly criticized the party’s direction under Trump. Sen. Bob Corker, who also can be not running for re-election next year, on Tuesday said Trump “debases our country” as well as will not “rise to the occasion as president.”
Last week, McCain criticized what he called “half-baked, spurious nationalism,” earning a rebuke by Trump.
Former President George W. Bush also assailed the country’s current state without naming Trump, saying “bigotry seems emboldened.”
In his remarks Tuesday, Flake said the behavior which comes by the top of the government can be “dangerous to democracy.”
“Reckless, outrageous as well as undignified behavior has become excused as well as countenanced as telling which like which can be, when which can be actually just reckless, outrageous as well as undignified,” Flake said. “as well as when such behavior emanates by the top of our government, which can be something else. which can be dangerous to democracy.”
Speaking on MSNBC later Tuesday, Flake said he has “deep concerns” about Trump’s fitness for office nevertheless ruled out seeking impeachment. Flake hopes Trump will shift his behavior nevertheless which likely will not happen at This specific point, the senator added.
In concluding his remarks on the Senate floor, the senator expressed optimism which Trump’s influence on the party will pass.
Said Flake: “This specific spell will eventually break, which can be my belief. We will return to ourselves once more, as well as I say the sooner the better.”