Republican Senator Jeff Flake Accuses GOP of 'Unnerving Silence' Under President Trump


The title alludes to the 1960 book of the same name by former Sen.

Flake sees himself as a conservative in the tradition of Arizona icon Barry Goldwater. Jeff Flake, about his own Republican Party.

Asked whether he was anxious that by writing the book, he would put his Senate career in jeopardy, Flake said he stood behind his decision.

So, where should Republicans go from here?

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2017In response to a tweet by Donald Trump, Sen.

In the halls of the Senate on Tuesday, however, it didn't seem as if Flake's message was being heeded.

"That would be a mistake. The Senate is at its best when we work together on things". Flake, Arizona Republican, said on CBS News. "Volatile unpredictability is not a virtue", he writes in Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle.

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"I think some things are more important than a political career", Flake said.

Flake made a point to reference civility in his book. "If this was our Faustian bargain, then it was not worth it".

But Flake's solutions probably won't go as far as the liberal base, whose members routinely wield the "i" word, might like.

"It's tough not to just say, 'I'm not going to respond, '" he said.

"Some people will look and say, 'It's a critique of a current president and occupant of the White House.' I tried to explain in this book, this was a long time in making", he said.

Flake said the divisive and sometimes profane rhetoric of the modern political climate unfairly overshadows the debate over issues of substance. And you've got to stand up and call - whether it's the White House or other elected officials - to task when they're not doing what they should.

No wonder there have been whispers about Trump working to primary Flake, who is up for re-election in 2018.

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A recent poll by Morning Consult pegged Flake as the third-least-popular senator, with approval ratings of 37 percent compared to disapproval ratings of 45 percent. Conservative activists had accused Graham of attempting to meddle in their efforts, according to an Arizona Republic account of a January 2016 meeting. Both numbers are lower than they were in January.

Hey, Sen. Flake, you're not the only one!

Democrats praised Flake, a Mormon with a reputation as a straight shooter.

Bulworth: In the New York Times, reviewer Jennifer Senior says Flake "has gone all "Bulworth" on us, emulating that movie's devil-may-care truth-telling politician", especially in regard to his criticism of Trump. At one point, Flake criticizes McConnell for betting the Republican Party on a one-term Obama presidency. Kelli Ward, who launched her campaign in October. John McCain on last Friday's health care vote. Along with Graham, Jeff DeWit, the state treasurer and tea party-style Republican who was a big Trump supporter, is also considering a campaign. He also parts ways with some parts of the party on issues like normalizing relations with Cuba.

This is a long time in coming.

And Flake is hardly standing pat. His latest filing with the Federal Election Commission shows he had raised $4.3 million by June 30, nearly $1.5 million in the last quarter alone, and still had $3 million in the bank.

"We've got huge problems to solve in this country, looming debt and a grave deficit, and we know that the only way to solve that is for both parties to sit down and share the risk", Flake said.

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"I'm very troubled about where the Republican Party is now".