Former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) came out of oblivion to trash President Trump in a Washington Post op-ed.
Flake was a profile in cowardice in the Senate and he hasn’t changed one bit. Look, if Trump is as bad as Jeff Flake says why in the hell did he do nothing when he was in the Senate?
When he had power to actually do anything did he? No, he did not.
The guy had a lot of power and could have extracted many concessions from Trump by withholding votes for any number of issues including Brett Kavanaugh.
If Flake really felt Trump was destroying the republic, he could have banded together with Susan Collins and a few others and switched to the Democrats effectively ending Trump’s ability to do anything legislatively including stopping all the judicial nominations cold.
But he did not. He did nothing except trash Trump in the media and in that way exposed his future ambitions.
“My fellow Republicans, it is time to risk your careers in favor of your principles. Whether you believe the president deserves impeachment, you know he does not deserve reelection,” Flake wrote.
“Our country will have more presidents. But principles, well, we get just one crack at those. For those who want to put America first, it is critically important at this moment in the life of our country that we all, here and now, do just that.”
“Trust me when I say that you can go elsewhere for a job. But you cannot go elsewhere for a soul.”
“Although Article II, Section 4 is clear about remedies for abuse of office, I have grave reservations about impeachment.
I fear that, given the profound division in the country, an impeachment proceeding at such a toxic moment might actually benefit a president who thrives on chaos. Disunion is the oxygen of this presidency,”
“At this point, the president’s conduct in office should not surprise us. But truly devastating has been our tolerance of that conduct.
Our embrace of it,” Flake said. “We have failed each other, and we have failed ourselves. Let us stop failing now, while there is still time.”
“Given what we now know about the president’s actions and behavior, to support his reelection.”
“Obviously, the answer is no,” he said.