Why GOP Sen. Flake’s anti-Trump speech mattered

In our latest podcast, Cliff Schecter and I dissect why we both believe that GOP Senator Jeff Flake’s anti-Trump speech this week really did matter.

Now, it’s true that Flake has a horrible pro-Trump voting record, but I never expected Flake, a conservative Republican, to become a Democrat. I wanted Flake, and other GOP leaders, to start calling Donald Trump out, and telling the world that he’s unfit for office. And that’s exactly what Flake did.

And while I don’t think Flake’s speech was the final nail in Trump’s political coffin, I also don’t think it was as uneventful as some are saying. I think it mattered. And here’s why:

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7 Responses to “Why GOP Sen. Flake’s anti-Trump speech mattered”

  1. Matthew Sutton says:

    Senator Flake is a conservative who understands the practical attributes the GOP has carried in terms of advocating for limited government, balanced budget, capitalist free trade, and leading the world in the Post-World War Two order. The Alternative Reality Right-Wing philosophy is to destroy, destabilize, creating scape goat’s for its incompetence, and promote anarchy. Once the GOP and the DNC are dissolved—as per their objectives—a national emergency will marginalize Congressional role in the balance of power and authority. Breitbart media, led by Steve Bannon, has openly made this known.

    Google the: Reichstag Fire Decree of 1933 to get an idea of how this works.

  2. 丁酉年(鸡)九月初十 2017-10-29到此一游!

  3. Demosthenes says:

    The GOP Congress is comprised of cowards who only turn on Don the Con when they quit politics.

  4. Houndentenor says:

    They all know. A few will make some public comments. But will they remove him from office? He’s done plenty to warrant that action. But they aren’t going to do that. So their words are empty. Blah blah blah blah blah. It’s meaningless.

  5. Zorba says:

    Yeh, yeh, nice speech and all that, but I’d be way more impressed if a Senator who was actually going to run again gave it. (Plus he still voted with the rest of the R’s.)
    So far, the only R’s critical of Trump are those not in public office, in office but not intending to run again, or who are dying of brain cancer.

  6. chrislib says:

    Don’t trust a turncoat. He can turn back. How’d he vote the next day on TrumPutin’s tax cuts for the rich?

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