When it comes to Republicans, it doesn’t get much more embarrassing than Jeff Flake. He’s one of those embarrassing #NeverTrumpers who pretended to put principle before party but ended up doing the exact opposite by refusing to support Trump. There were plenty of conservatives out there who took awhile to warm up to Trump or were worried he couldn’t win. But, the second he won the nomination none of that mattered. There were two choices. A person who would move conservatism forward and one who wouldn’t.
The #NeverTrump crowd insisted that Trump was not a conservative. First of all, it didn’t really matter. He was the better candidate. Second of all, he is a conservative and has proven that and given us a more conservative first year than Reagan.
From Western Journal:
According to a prominent conservative think tank, President Donald Trump has accomplished more in his first year in office — at least in one respect — than former President Ronald Reagan.
Near the end of the Obama administration’s tenure, the Heritage Foundation created a list of 334 policy recommendations, known as the “Mandate for Leadership,” that they hoped the next Republican president would follow.
One year into Trump’s presidency, an analysis conducted by the think tank determined that 64 percent of those prescriptions have been pursued by the new administration.
Jeff Flake wasn’t looking out for conservatives. He was looking out for himself and he thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room. He’s not. And yet, he continues to act like he is despite the fact he was forced to retire because his constituents in Arizona don’t want him around anymore.
Here’s the latest from Flake.
From Conservative Tribune:
On Thursday, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona delivered a speech at the National Press Club in which he slammed members of his own party for staying loyal to Trump and declared that Republicans “might not deserve to lead.”
Perhaps even more shockingly, Flake also appeared ready to throw his hat into the 2020 race, hinting that he might consider challenging the incumbent president for the GOP nomination.
“It’s not in my plan to run for president, but I am not ruling it out,” he teased, according to Fox News. “Somebody needs to stand up for traditional Republicanism. 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.”
How are you going to win the presidential election when you can’t even win in Arizona?
Here’s why Flake was forced to resign.
From The Hill:
A new poll shows Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) down by huge numbers among Arizona Republicans and trailing his opponents in both the GOP primary and general elections.
Flake scored only a 25 percent favorability rating among Republican primary voters in a new poll by the left-leaning GBA Strategies group, with a 56 percent unfavorable rating. Over half of voters disapprove of the job Flake is doing, with 59 percent disapproving and only 34 percent approving.
A consistent critic of President Trump, Flake authored a book called “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle,” calling on the GOP to reject many of the populist and economic protectionist policies advocated by the president.
The party left you behind, Jeff.
Just accept it.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]