Senator Jeff Flake markets himself as a principled conservative member of the GOP who is standing up against Trump’s style of leadership.
But is it all a sham? Flake announced he’s dropping out of politics because of Trump, but his approval ratings are as low as 19% in his home state of Arizona.
During an interview with NBC on Wednesday, Flake compared Trump to the devil (!) and also made a startling admission on who he wishes he would have voted for last November.
A transcript of the exchange:
LAUER: Senator, let me test your newfound freedom. I know you disagree with her in every policy facing this country. But in terms of protecting democracy, protecting respect for the office of the presidency and protecting our image abroad — is it possible in your mind to consider that it would have been better had Hillary Clinton won in the election?
FLAKE: I talk in the book that I wrote “Conscience of a Conservative,” borrowing from Barry Goldwater’s title, earlier this year, that we kind of made a Faustian bargain with this president. that we could excuse the behavior and everything, simply because we could get some conservative judges.
LAUER: Would it be better if she had won the election?
FLAKE: Well I can you no president, Democrat or Republican, in recent memory, has exhibited the behavior that this president has. So, you know, I am a Republican. I’m a conservative. I would love to have a Republican president. But not at any cost. I didn’t vote for this president last November. I didn’t vote for … Secretary Clinton, either.
LAUER: Second thoughts on that?
FLAKE: I can tell you, I’m not happy with the direction we’re going.
Who knows if Flake actually DID vote for Crooked Hillary? Would you put it past him?