If the Republican Party continues down its current path, with the likes of President Donald Trump and Roy Moore, a Republican from Alabama who is running for the U.S. Senate and has been accused of sexual misconduct, then it will no longer be viable, according to Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
What did Flake say?
Flake, who has made his opposition of Trump publicly clear, said at an event in Arizona on Friday the GOP will be “toast” if it becomes a party defined by Trump and Moore. The comments came after an event in Mesa, Arizona, addressing tax reform. According to KNXV-TV, the comments were caught on a hot mic after Flake finished speaking on stage.
Speaking with Mesa Mayor John Giles, Flake reportedly said: “[If we] become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast.”
And, according to KNXV, Flake’s comments weren’t the only ones caught on the hot mic. Giles reportedly also urged Flake to challenge Trump in 2020.
“And I am not throwing smoke at you, but you are the guy. Just for fun, think about how much fun it would be, just to be the foil, you know, and point out what an idiot this guy [Trump] is,” Giles reportedly said.
Will Flake take Giles’ advice?
Flake announced in a fiery speech on the Senate floor last month that he would not seek re-election in 2018, citing the insurgency of the Trump era and breakdown of the GOP.
“We must dedicate ourselves to making sure that the anomalies never becomes the normal, with respect and humility,” he said from the Senate floor, indirectly calling out Trump.
So for now, Flake’s 2020 plans remain unclear.
Regarding Moore, Flake said last week that he would support a Democrat over Moore. For his part, Moore has denied the allegations against him. However, almost all GOP leaders have called on him to step down from his campaign.