On Sunday’s Meet The Press, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (R) was promoting his new book Conscience of a Conservative. At one point, Todd asked the senator if the GOP was afraid to put country over party. Flakes suprised us all with his honesty.
He told Todd,
Well, I do think that we’ve seen more people ready to stand up. And I wish that we, as a party, would have stood up, for example, when the birtherism thing was going along. A lot of people did stand up but not enough.
Flake went on to say that the birther movement, a conspiracy theory that claimed former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, “was particularly ugly.” He also denounced the chants of “lock her up” at the Trump rallies – that are ongoing. When it comes to Hillary Clinton, the Republicans are like dogs worrying over bones. They just can’t help themselves.
The senator has also argued that the GOP is in denial about the first few months of Trump’s presidency. In an op-ed, he wrote,
Even as our own government was documenting a concerted attack against our democratic processes by an enemy foreign power, our own White House was rejecting the authority of its own intelligence agencies, disclaiming their findings as a Democratic ruse and a hoax. Conduct that would have had conservatives up in arms had it been exhibited by our political opponents now had us dumbstruck.
Now we are the ones dumbstruck by this Republican’s open honesty regarding his party. His words may not cause a movement among Republican lawmakers and representatives, but we hope they open some of his colleague’s eyes so they can see that we have become the fodder for jokes across the world.
Watch Jeff Flake speak some truth: