Sen. Jeff Flake: Trump 'inviting' 2020 primary challenge by how he's governing

by Abel Hampton August 25, 2017, 0:06
Sen. Jeff Flake: Trump 'inviting' 2020 primary challenge by how he's governing

President Donald Trump seemingly increased the effort to unseat U.S. Sen.

Anti-Trump protesters yelled out chants including "Shame" and "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA". "We need funding to build a wall".

And Flake suggested that Trump's tone in public statements makes bipartisanship more hard: "We've got to work with our colleagues across the aisles and tone works a lot then". But his remarks were being carried live on both CNN and CNN International (which we get on Fios here at the Axios AM Executive Residence).

Trump, who has called for a wall along the Mexican border and draconian border security, has characterized Flake as insufficiently harsh on crime and immigration, but the harsh words are more likely political payback.

I'm just going to speak from the heart here. "But, but I won't do it tonight".

"We will renegotiate NAFTA, or we will terminate NAFTA". "We disagree on certain issues - I can think of a couple with those gentlemen". You have some very good reporters. The president put blame for an attack that left one woman dead on "both sides" and said some "very fine people" protested with the white nationalists and neo-Nazis. He began by complaining about his old foe, the "truly dishonest people" in the media, then moved on to a rehash of his widely criticized response to the racial violence at Charlottesville, Va., this month, omitting his claim - the one that led to most of the criticism - that "many sides" had been responsible for the trouble. I honestly believe it. "The only people giving a platform to these hate groups is the media itself and the fake news".

"I don't worry about it at all", Flake said at an event Monday in the Phoenix suburbs, the Los Angeles Times reported. "Just like they don't want to report that I spoke out forcefully against hatred, bigotry and violence and strongly condemned the neo-Nazis, the White Supremacists, and the KKK". They are "crooked"; "bad people"; they "don't like our country"; they are "the source of division in our country". They don't even do that.

"OK now, I mean - so they were having a hard time with that one, because I said everything". They called for an investigation into what they said was a breach of the protesters' constitutional rights. "So, if we're going to go back to Reagan's 11th Commandment [of never attacking a fellow Republican], who is at fault here?" "When they talked he didn't say it fast enough".

"If you're reading a story about somebody, you don't know", he said during the Phoenix rally.

On historic statues being removed: "They're trying to take away our culture". These things have been there for 150 years, for 100 years.

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