Skip to comments.Flake Considers Taking on Trump in 2020
Posted on 03/16/2018 7:10:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is retiring at the end of his term but he may not be giving up on politics altogether.
The staunch critic of President Trump said Thursday during a speech at the National Press Club that he may take on the commander in chief in 2020.
"It's not in my plan to run for president, but I am not ruling it out. Somebody needs to stand up for traditional Republicanism," Flake said. "Somebody needs to raise that, for nothing else than to give people hope that that decent party will be back. We'll get through this."
He also said the blind loyalty to Trump shown by many of his fellow Republican colleagues means the GOP might not deserve to lead.
While Flake acknowledged the uphill battle of defeating the president if the election were held today, the Arizona Republican said all that could change dramatically if the GOP has disastrous results in the midterm elections.
"Not today, but two years from now, possibly. Things can unravel pretty fast," Flake said. "As soon as he's viewed as one who loses majorities in the House and the Senate, and there's no chance that someone in the 30s can win re-election, people might move on."
He also said if Trump does not lose support from his base, there is still another option to run as an independent.
"I'm not ruling that out either," he said. "There are going to be a lot of other people in the party looking for something else."
Steve Duprey, who represents New Hampshire at the Republican National Committee, said his chances are not looking good.
"It's virtually impossible to beat an incumbent for the nomination, he said, reports FoxNews.com. But that doesn't prevent people from trying with various degrees of seriousness."
Its difficult to say whether Flake is serious or not, considering he acknowledged in October that he wouldnt even be able to win a GOP primary in his state.
"The bottom line is if I were to run a campaign that I could be proud of, and where I didnt have to cozy up to the president and his positions or his behavior, I could not win in a Republican primary," he said the day after announcing he wouldnt seek reelection." "Thats the bottom line."
The same Flake who says his party doesn’t deserve to lead.
So he wants to be the first loser? Wonder how many Trump with have to flick away?
Is S0r0$ funding this guy?
LOL A single Lilliputian Never-Trumper taking on the giant Trump? Ought to be fun to watch.
OPEN Note to Flake:
“Traditional Republicanism” is what got us into this mess.
You are a class A fool for thinking that citizens wish to revert back to the pre-Trump days of letting the Liberals run you into the ditch at their whim.
You are completely useless. I wouldn’t let you be in charge of unlocking & locking my gates every AM & PM.
Flake as in dandruff? Same thing; Human waste!
He’ll never make the political big leagues with that crooked nose.
Flake is being groomed by obama.
“...Wonder how many Trump with have to flick away?...”
Guessing it will look a lot like the previous primary disaster for the establishment candidates that the electorate put in the trash can.
Please do, Mr. Flake. You’ll get slaughtered.
Look for Flakey to run as an Independent as he can do more harm that way.
Flake won’t get the Dem nod. But I sure would like to see him run.
Flake makes Jeb looks exciting.
He’s right the democrat party doesn’t deserve to lead.
Hey Jeffy, you have no idea who you think you are taking on. You are already a laughingstock and you have major family issues too.
Yet another senator with a massive ego. Nothing new here. The only people who know who Jeff Flake is and who get excited about the idea that he may challenge Trump are Bill Kristol-type Washington pundits.
First him and the mailman’s son need to duke it out to see which is more RINO.