Jeff Flake Admits The Obvious About Trump And His Decision Not To Run Again

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Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake told reporters on Capitol Hill that he is not running for re-election because he knows there is no way he could win in a party controlled by President Donald Trump.

Flake told reporters he did not think he would win Tuesday’s Arizona primary if he ran, saying he would lose because “this is the president’s party much to my consternation” adding he thinks that Trump could be the “long term detriment to the party.”

Flake also predicted Arizona Republican Rep. Martha McSally would win Tuesday’s primary, saying she is the “only shot that obviously republicans have to hold onto the seat.”

Flake, who did not support Trump throughout his 2016 presidential campaign and has continued to disagree with the president on just about every issue, announced in October 2017 that he is not willing to take the path necessary to winning a Republican nomination. (RELATED: Jeff Flakes! Will Not Seek Re-Election)

“Here’s the bottom line: The path that I would have to travel to get the Republican nomination is a path I’m not willing to take, and that I can’t in good conscience take,” Flake told The Arizona Republic in a telephone interview. “It would require me to believe in positions I don’t hold on such issues as trade and immigration and it would require me to condone behavior that I cannot condone.”

Trump has continued to criticize Flake throughout his presidency, saying in one tweet, that Flake has set record low polling numbers in Arizona and was “therefore humiliatingly forced out of his own Senate seat without even a fight, also adding that he thought the Arizona Sen. was a “Flake.”

The comments come one week after Flake returned back to Washington, D.C., from a three-week trip to Zimbabwe and Botswana, while the Senate was in session.

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