Republican Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.), who has not ruled out the possibility of a potential presidential run in 2020, said that the Republican party has become a “propaganda-fueled, dystopian view of conservatism.” He went on and on, but as he lectures us on our failings we can’t forget one thing; Flake voted with Trump 99% of the time.
On Friday at the “Politics & Eggs” speaker series at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, Flake said, “It has not been in my plans to run for president, but I have not ruled it out,” according to WMUR 9 News.
He continued, “We have … succumbed to what can only be described as a propaganda-fueled, dystopian view of conservatism.”
Jeff Flake in New Hampshire: "We have instead succumbed to what can only be described as a propaganda-fueled dystopian view of conservatism." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/VwdJHh7R5k
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 16, 2018
Flake is one of Trump’s biggest critics in the Senate and is the author of “Conscience of a Conservative,” a book that describes the state of the conservative movement under Trump’s populism.
In the book, Flake described the current political moment as the “spasms of a dying party.”
Flake spoke for 20 minutes at the “Politics & Eggs” speech in New Hampshire, which is a key early primary state in the nominating process.
“I hope that someone does run in the Republican primary, somebody to challenge the president. I think that the Republicans want to be reminded what it means to be a traditional, decent Republican.”
Flake acknowledged that Trump is currently too popular with the Republican base to lose a primary in 2020. He said, however, “things could unravel fast” if the party loses its majority in the House and Senate during his first term.
Flake said, “I’m not ruling that out, either. There are going to be a lot of other people in the party looking for something else.”
He went on to point out a “huge swath of voters in the middle” between Trump and left-wing Democrats “that make an independent run by somebody a lot more realistic.”
Earlier this year, Flake said that he is not seeking reelection in 2018. Polls indicated Flake would have trouble surviving a primary challenge.
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