Retiring Senator Jeff Flake practically started the #NeverTrump effort.
Rather than work with the president to enact conservative reforms, Flake sought to bolster his own public image through a Trump-bashing book he wrote.
But in an interview with NBC, Flake may have just tipped his hand too early.
When Jeff Flake first began promoting his book, “Conscience of a Conservative,” (the title of which he stole from Barry Goldwater’s famous polemic) it was clear Flake was driven by personal ambition.
But rather than embrace him, conservatives and many in the Republican base rejected Flake’s book as little more than a temper tantrum.
Brent Bozell III, son of Barry Goldwater’s ghostwriter, slammed Flake as a hypocrite, saying he “is neither a conservative nor does he have a conscience.”
Sean Hannity recommended that Flake ought to be spending time working on repealing ObamaCare instead of bashing the President.
Perhaps if he had, Flake’s fellow Senator from Arizona, John McCain, may not have voted against ObamaCare repeal last year.
At the time Hannity said, “the Never Trumpers like Senator Flake they don’t seem to understand that by blocking the president’s agenda, and you see the reaction he gets around the country, they’re only harming you the American people . . .”
While Flake’s book was criticized by many on the right, liberals were quick to heap praise on him for bashing Trump.
Which is why it’s not surprising Jeff Flake made this outlandish statement to Chuck Todd on NBC a week before his first trip to New Hampshire.
During the interview, Todd asks: “Do you think he needs to be challenged from somebody who espouses your views?”
Without hesitation, Flake answered: “Yes, I do. I do. I mean, it would be a tough go in a Republican primary. The Republican Party is the Trump party right now. But that’s not to say it will stay that way.”
Flake’s trip to New Hampshire is fueling speculation he will primary Trump in 2020.
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