Flake renews criticism of Trump, party on eve of New Hampshire speech

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake

Flake acknowledged that Trump is now too popular with the Republican base to lose a primary in 2020. "Things can unravel pretty fast".

His remarks came in the "Politics and Eggs series, a partnership between the New England Council and the Saint Anselm College New Hampshire Institute of Politics". Jeff Flake said that it was "long odds for me" in reference to running for President in a Fox News interview Friday.

Flake has put his rejection of what Trump stands for in print, writing Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle a year ago. He said that if Flake runs, "he will lose". He's delivered major speeches on the Senate floor targeting Trump and wrote a book blasting his own party for enabling Trump's success.

"Never has a party abandoned, fled its principles and deeply held beliefs so quickly as my party did in the face of the nativist juggernaut", Flake said. "We have become strangers to ourselves".

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He added, "If my party is going to try and pass off the degradation of the United States and her values from the White House as normal, if we are going to cloister ourselves in the alternative truth of an erratic leader, if we are going to refuse to live in the world that everyone else lives in and reckon with the daily reality that they face, including the very real and understandable anxiety that they feel, then my party might not deserve to lead".

Jeff Flake, a Republican senator from Arizona, may stand up against the Republican president in 2020 - either as a Republican or an independent - if no one else does.

"Young people have been walking away from the party for a while", Flake said during an event in New Hampshire.

Trump is making an official visit to New Hampshire on Monday to talk about opioid addiction issues.

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"President Trump obviously would never win the election, general election in NY, but he's our president".

But he and Gonzales doubted that he will actually run.

Flake said he plans to talk about how to widen the Republican Party's base, and he pointed to the special election in Pennsylvania this week in which a Democrat is poised to win a US House seat in a Republican district that Trump won by almost 20 percentage points in 2016.

"This is an aging rock star saying goodbye to his fans, what fans he has", Rose said. He is not the only Republican posing a possible challenge to Trump, with Ohio Governor John Kasich also reported to be eyeing a run, either as a Republican or an independent. If a few Republicans are becoming critical of their own party, it's likely because they recognize change is in the air, and that it'd be foolish to continue believing they can survive on the damaged coattails of Trump. Rose put Flake's chances of beating Trump after two years out of office at "less than zero". Prior to his retirement announcement, Flake's approval rating in Arizona had fallen to just 18 percent, and even he conceded that he would not win a primary in his state.

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Flake, in the meantime, said he will use whatever time he has remaining in politics to speak his conscience.

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