Senator Jeff Flake, a long time Trump critic, has announced that he will not be running again in 2018. In his recent speech to the Senate, the antics of Donald Trump appeared to be at the center of his decision.
Flake explained that many within the GOP are opposed to standing up against a president, but Flake believes it’s his duty to do so. He says he refuses to be complicit in what’s been happening in the government.
The Arizona Senator referred to Trump’s tweeting as one of the downfalls of the presidency.
Flake quoted former President Roosevelt, where Roosevelt said it treasonous to say one must not criticize the president.
Roosevelt said, “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
Flake said that our allies are now looking elsewhere for leadership, which is destroying any positive influence the US has in the world.
The Senator seemed to be hinting at the plethora of lies coming out of the Trump administration. We “cannot call fake things true and true things fake,” said Flake. He went on to say we need to share “facts and values.”
Senator Mitch McConnell immediately responded by saying Flake is a “very fine man. A man who brings fine principles to the Senate every day.” McConnell then thanked Flake for his speech.
You can see the speech below:
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