Senator Jeff Flake believes that Arizona elects independent thinkers and is standing firm against those who are unwilling to assert their independence from President Donald Trump. Flake said on Sunday that he is not considering leaving the Republican Party, even though he has a strong critique against conservatives that are failing to stand up for their values when it goes against the president’s actions.
In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the Arizona senator said that he was “not at all” thinking about leaving the party. He stated that he was a “lifelong Republican.” Flake will face what looks to be a hard reelection campaign next year.
“Arizona tends to elect independent-minded people and people who stand on principles,” he said. “So I’m doing what I think my voters expect of me.”
Senator Flake is promoting a new book, “Conscience of a Conservative.” POLITICO published an excerpt that said Republicans should not hesitate to speak out against Trump if he were to take actions that “damage the Republican Party’s ability to grow and speak to a larger audience.”
In the “Meet the Press” interview, Flake was asked about his Senate voting record, which has been supportive of Trump’s policies. He was specifically asked if there was a point where he would vote against his own ideological values in order to send a message to Republican leaders.
Flake defended his voting record and the president’s policies saying that they have been focused on confirming Trump’s appointee to the Supreme Court and that the president had “good instincts” on regulatory policy and tax reform. But he also foreshadowed a possible rift in the future, “But on many things, like trade, I expect to vote against the president,” he said.
Do you think the Arizona senator’s stand on independent thinking is going to help or hurt his reelection process?