Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) stunned his colleagues when he announced on Tuesday he’s not running for re-election and torched his party for not having the spine to call out President Donald Trump for his destructive comments and actions.
“I will not be complicit or silent. When the next generation asks us, ‘Why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up?’ What are we going to say?” Flake said in a blistering speech on the Senate floor.
He urged his colleagues to “respect each other again in an atmosphere of shared facts and shared values,” while calling Trump’s behaviors “outrageous” and “dangerous to democracy.”
These are bold words from a U.S. senator ― especially since they’re directed at his own party ― but they only came after he announced his retirement. It’s the same thing that’s happened with Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). He announced last month that he’s not running for re-election, and has since accused Trump of being a serial liar, of turning the White House into an adult daycare center and of leading the country into World War III.