Jeff Flake Attacks Trump Again — ‘Flagrant Disregard For Truth And Decency’

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Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake attacked President Trump once again Tuesday, saying that he has a “flagrant disregard for truth and decency.”


“If we are numb to such words, then we will surely regret that we failed to defend our colleagues in the Congress against such a vile remark. Our silence will also mark the day that we failed to recognize that this conduct in an American president simply is not normal.”

“I wish I could stand here today and say that my words of last October have been proven wrong, that I had been unfair to inveigh against the daily sundry of our country, that I had been mistaken about the personal attacks that I had exaggerated the threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions, the flagrant disregard for truth and decency, the reckless provocations most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons, reasons that have nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we have all been elected to serve,” Flake continued. “I wish I could say that I had been wrong but I cannot.”


Flake challenged lawmakers to “recognize that this is aberrant, destructive behavior, whatever rationale its defenders may offer. And we must never shrink from opposing it for it is in the opposing this behavior that we defend our norms, our ideals, and our values. It is in opposing this behavior that we stand for decency.”

Flake has attacked President Trump several times since he announced his candidacy. In January, he went after Trump for calling the media the “enemy of the people.”

Flake claimed, “When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn’t suit him ‘fake news,’ it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press.”

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