Last October Sen. Jeff Flake announced that he wouldn’t be running for reelection, citing his dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump. “There may not be a place for a R like me in the current R climate or the current R Party.” The “current” Republican Party is nearly ideologically identical to the GOP of the 1990s. It’s the Democrats that have moved far to one side, increasingly so in the Trump-era. (RELATED: Study Confirms Democrats Are the Extremists Today).
Flake’s resignation was hardly out of the blue, given that he’d commonly criticized Trump in months prior. In fact, before announcing his resignation in October of last year, he released a book on August titled after Barry Goldwater’s classic “Conscience of a Conservative.” The book’s description reads “In a bold act of conscience, Republican Senator Jeff Flake takes his party to task for embracing nationalism, populism, xenophobia, and the anomalous Trump presidency. The book is an urgent call for a return to bedrock conservative principle and a cry to once again put country before party.” Ironically, the description uses buzzwords I’d expect from a Leftist. What problem does Flake have with nationalism? Does he think enforcing laws against illegal immigration is “xenophobic”?
It seems like Flake is the one incompatible with the Republican Party, not Trump. In fact, just a month after announcing he wouldn’t be running again, Flake introduced a gun control bill… but it turned out the specific regulation he was arguing for already existed on the books.
Regardless of whatever political statement Flake thinks he was making in resigning, most of Trump’s base consider Flake’s coming departure the swamp draining itself. We only have to listen to the man for a few more months before he hits the door, but he’s upping his rhetoric ahead of that. His latest accusation? Coming just short of saying that President Trump is a traitor. This came following President Trump’s summit with Vladimir Putin, in which Trump said he accepted Putin’s denial of interfering in the U.S. election.
According to Reason Magazine, speaking from the Senate floor on Friday, “Flake slammed Trump for initially rejecting the findings of national intelligence officials that Russia meddled in the election. ‘The findings of our intelligence community regarding the Russian aggression are not matters of opinion, no matter how powerful and strong Putin’s denial,’ Flake said. ‘To reject these findings and to reject the excruciating specific indictment against the 12 named Russian operatives in deference to the word of a KGB apparatchik is an act of will on the part of the president, and that choice leaves us contemplating the dark mystery, why did he do that? What would compel our president to do such a thing?’
Flake then suggested that Trump’s remarks verged on treason. “The president let down the free world by giving aid and comfort to an enemy of democracy. In so doing, he dimmed the light of freedom ever so slightly in our own country.” Treason is defined by Article III of the U.S. Constitution as giving “aid and comfort” to America’s enemies.
Ironically, it was back in February that Flake attacked President Donald Trump for accusing Democrats of treasonous behavior.
Did he forget his own words, or is he just a hypocrite?
Regardless, Flake won’t be in office for much longer. In reality, Flake only “stood up” to the man he saw as a treasonous disaster for the Republican Party….. by calling it quits, packing his bags, and exiting.