Republican Senator Jeff Flake (Arizona) shortly after announcing his retirement, delivered a stunning speech on the Senate floor in which he condemned President Donald Trump’s behavior while in office — and said he represented a threat to the republic.
“Mr. President, I rise today to say, enough,” he said. “We must dedicate ourselves to making had sure that this does not become normal. We have fooled ourselves long enough that a pivot to governing is right around the corner. A return to civility and stability right behind it. We know better than that. By now we all know better than that.”
Flake went on to say” that too many within both the Republican Party and the conservative movement have excused Trump’s reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior” by claiming that the president is simply “telling it like it is.”
The Arizona Senator also accused Trump of engaging in “the impulse to scapegoat and belittle,” which he said, “threatens to turn us into a fearful, backward-looking people.”
“In the case of the Republican Party, those things also threaten to turn us into a fearful, backward-looking minority party,” Flake said.
Watch Flake’s speech in the video below.