Never-Trump Republicans, fake news reporters, and other D.C. swamp creatures are dying to see a Republican challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 primary.
They believe that not only is Donald Trump ripe to be beaten, but that they even have their candidate.
And then all hell broke loose when this Republican went on TV and made a major announcement about challenging President Trump.
Former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake was the king RINO while in Congress.
Flake authored a book savagely attacking Donald Trump and at the same time often voted with Democrats to sell out conservatives.
That poison pill combination led to Flake’s approval rating plummeting into the teens and Flake retired rather than lose a primary to a pro-Trump challenger.
But Never Trump Republicans held out hope that Flake would run against Trump in 2020 as an avatar of D.C. establishment Republicanism.
That is not to be the case.
Flake announced he was joining CBS News and went on air and declared he would not challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican Presidential primary.
Appearing on CBS This Morning Tuesday, Flake discussed his future role at the network and revealed he will not launch a primary challenge to President Donald Trump in 2020. “I have always said that I do hope that there is a Republican who challenges the president in the primary,” he told co-host John Dickerson. “I still hope that somebody does, but that somebody won’t be me. I will not be a candidate.”
The development comes after reports that Flake, who was among the Senate’s most vociferous critics of President Donald Trump, met with CBS News executives at Manhattan offices earlier this month. At the time of the report, the Hollywood Reporter said the former lawmaker could “serve in the standard role for ex-politicians, as an on-air contributor — or as something more.”
Flake – or any Republican thinking about challenging Trump – runs up against the reality that over 80 percent of the Republican Party backs Trump.
Only D.C. grafters and fake news reporters who want to see any Republican president defeated actually would support a primary challenge against Trump.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.