In yet another instance of the Washington establishment crumbling under the weight of President Trump’s swamp-draining antics, Senator Jeff Flake will not be seeking reelection.
Flake has been an openly critical voice in the RINO war against President Trump, and has thusly been on the receiving end of criticisms from the President himself. While some pundits believe that Flake’s surprise announcement will put a damper on the republicans’ hopes of keeping a majority in the Senate after the 2018 midterms, Jeff Flake wasn’t the kind of republican that the new wave of American conservatives were hoping to swoon to begin with.
“Condemning the nastiness of Republican politics in the era of President Donald Trump, Sen. Jeff Flake on Tuesday announced he will serve out the remainder of his term but will not seek re-election in 2018.
“Flake, one of the Senate’s more prominent critics of President Donald Trump, has been struggling in the polls.
“He told The Arizona Republic ahead of his announcement that he has become convinced “there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party.”
“Flake said he has not ‘soured on the Senate’ and loves the institution, but that as a traditional, libertarian-leaning conservative Republican he is out of step with today’s Trump-dominated GOP.
“‘This spell will pass, but not by next year,’ Flake said.
“Among Republican primary voters, there’s overwhelming support for Trump’s positions and ‘behavior,’ Flake said, and one of their top concerns is whether a candidate is with the president or against him. While Flake said he is with Trump on some issues, on other issues he is not. And Trump definitely views him as a foe, having denounced Flake publicly and called him ‘toxic’ on Twitter.”
Many pro-Trump republicans are likely feeling a sense of relief at the departure of Flake, given his undying attempts to sabotage the President’s agenda and credibility.
Flake is yet another casualty of Trump’s “drain the swamp” mantra, and a “good riddance” is likely in order as he coasts through his final few months in office. Now the real work begins in finding a conservative suitor to compete for Flake’s Senate seat.