Jeff Flake, the senator from Arizona, has admitted that Donald Trump cannot win the presidency unless he makes some SERIOUS changes to the way he runs his campaign. Flake also said that Trump doesn’t deserve to win. (WE AGREE!)
While the Flake says he wants to support Trump, he said Tuesday that he has “little faith at this point that he will change.”
Flake said, “One: I don’t think he can win if he continues to run this kind of campaign. And two: I don’t think he should win as he continues to campaign as he is, taking the kinds of positions he’s taking and the language he’s using.”
It was the GOP senator’s harshest remarks yet about Trump, and moved Flake closer to shutting the door on Trump’s candidacy altogether. Flake has been among the most vocal elected Republicans criticizing Trump’s presidential campaign, chastising him publicly and even privately to stop alienating Muslims and Latinos with his rhetoric and policy proposals.
Flake made several indirect references to Trump losing, saying, “Whoever’s in charge” will heavily influence what happens in Congress next year, “and we know who will be.”
“Only one in five voters under age 35 plans to pull the Republican lever. If we don’t change that, we consign ourselves to political oblivion in the future. And we have a candidate that is not reaching out, but is instead finding new ways to offend just about every demographic we have out there,” Flake said. “The implications will be far bigger than just losing the presidency in November.”
Joshua Cali of Chandler, Arizona, confronted Flake to convey his disappointment with him and how “completely ridiculous” it is that the senator is not supporting Trump. Flake chalked up the dispute to a “gentleman’s disagreement,” in Cali’s telling. But the Allstate employee seemed unimpressed after their conversation, which remained civil.
“That he’s afraid it will wipe out of Republicans for generations is just ridiculous,” Cali said in an interview afterward. “He probably feels safer in a Hillary Clinton administration.”
Flake concluded, “If I wanted to sail through reelection, this has made that tougher, no doubt. But there are a lot of people that appreciate somebody pushing back, too.”