‘He’s Is An Idiot’: GOP Senator, Arizona Mayor Caught On Hot Mic Bashing Donald Trump
During a tax-reform town hall in Arizona on Saturday, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) was caught on a hot mic bashing President Donald Trump in a conversation with another Republican, Mesa Mayor John Giles.
The Arizona Senator was caught on a live microphone by ABC affiliate KNXV warning that the Republican Party will be “toast” if it becomes the party of President Trump and Roy Moore.
“If we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast,” Flake is overheard saying.
Giles is also heard on the recording making comments appearing to encourage Flake to mount a primary challenge against Trump in 2020.
“I am not throwing smoke at you, but you are the guy — just for fun, think about how much fun it would be — just to be the foil, you know, and point out what an idiot this guy is,” Giles says, apparently referring to Trump. “Anyway, I hope you do it.”
Flake has been a staunch critic of Trump, and announced in October that he would not seek reelection to his Senate seat in 2018.
In a speech on the Senate floor, he accused his party of abandoning its core principles.
“It is clear at this moment that a traditional conservative who believes in limited government and free markets, who is devoted to free trade, and who is pro-immigration, has a narrower and narrower path to nomination in the Republican party — the party that for so long has defined itself by belief in those things,” Flake said during his speech.
“It is also clear to me for the moment we have given in or given up on those core principles in favor of the more viscerally satisfying anger and resentment,” he added.
Moore, the Alabama Senate GOP candidate, has vowed to stay in the race despite mounting allegations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls. Trump has also been accused of sexual harassment by several women.
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