Former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake Says He Is Not Voting for Trump in 2020

Former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has been a frequent but usually quiet critic of President Donald Trump but in a recent interview, he made one of his largest criticisms yet — telling The Washington Post that he will not vote for Trump this November.

Asked by the Post if he thinks it is better for the Republican Party if Trump is defeated in November, Flake was blunt, that a “sound defeat” would be “long term for the Republican Party, you bet. And for conservatism as well.”

Flake added, that he will vote against Trump, saying, “This won’t be the first time I’ve voted for a Democrat — though not for president before. Last time I voted for a third-party candidate. But I will not vote for Donald Trump.”

Trump has taken a number of shots at Flake, who he calls “Jeff Flake(y).”

The former Arizona lawmaker served only one term in Congress. He announced that he would not run for re-election in 2018.

In a fiery speech on the Senate floor in October of 2017, Flake said, “If I have been critical, it is not because I relish criticizing the behavior of the president of the United States. If I have been critical, it is because I believe that it is my obligation to do so, as a matter of duty and conscience.”

Flake, who was known in Washington as an admirer of the older, more genteel Senate added in that speech, “What is indispensable are the values that they consecrated in Philadelphia and in this place, values which have endured and will endure for so long as men and women wish to remain free … A political career doesn’t mean much if we are complicit in undermining those values.”

Though he bemoaned the state of politics, he defended his friend and Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) partisanship in the interview with the Post, saying “Lindsey never goes too far one way without the ability to come back. I love Lindsey. And I frankly think he will be back — and will be better for it.”

Responses

  1. Awww, awwww, awww. I’m so surprised. So, the never – Trumper isn’t going to vote for the President. OK, who cares and why?

  2. Funny Fake but no one expected a demarcate to vote for Trump . You couldn’t get elected if you were a demarcate so you went as a republican. But you got mad because Trump didn’t give you a job. Well think there is enough people in the White House stabling Trump in the Back. Funny Trump couldn’t get his people in office under Paul Ryan. But Paul never explained why he disappeared , Dumping his secret Service and coming back with Obama’s driver and secret service detail.
    It did show you saw your real boss. And you left to go to FOX TV as a head of the board of directors . Last I heard that is a demarcate rag. Nice job to get out on. And can see were your loyalty lie. Then you wondered why you and Mitt lost . The American people isn’t stupid. We had mitt as Governor we are still paying for it.

  3. That’s okay.
    I’m sure no one is voting for you.
    Oh forgot, you don’t hold down a government job anymore because you couldn’t get enough supporters to run for re-election.

  4. On Flake’s decision, color me NOT surprised. I would also not be surprised if Cindy McCain also votes for Biden in November. LOL….George Conway has already endorsed Joe Biden.

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