Good Riddance, Jeff Flake

US Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was trailing badly in the polls, has announced that he will not seek re-election. Flake, an open borders and amnesty advocate who supported replacing US workers with Third World immigrants, was one of the three most unpopular members of the US Senate. Flake went out blasting President Donald Trump and lamenting the trend in the GOP towards nationalism and populism. The BBC reports:

A US Republican senator says he will not seek re-election, delivering a fierce attack on President Donald Trump.

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake said “reckless, outrageous and undignified behaviour” at the top of the US government was dangerous to democracy.

Mr Trump has previously called Mr Flake “toxic”.

The US president is already embroiled in a row with another Republican Senator, Bob Corker.

Before confirming his decision in a speech to the Senate, Mr Flake told the Arizona Republic newspaper “there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party”.

Taking to the floor, he said he did not enjoy criticising the president but felt it was “a matter of duty and conscience”.

“We must never regard as ‘normal’ the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals,” he said.

  • …Jeff Flake was facing an uphill battle in his re-election campaign next year. It wasn’t because the incumbent senator was matched up against a particularly tough Democrat, but rather because the Republican Party had shifted under his feet.

He found himself at odds with Donald Trump and the populist, nationalist movement that swept the president to power – and facing a right-wing challenger backed by Mr Trump’s former adviser and campaign guru, Steve Bannon…

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