Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), shortly after announcing his retirement, gave 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.
Flake, who faced the possibility of a primary challenge from the right over his criticism of Trump, once again called out Trump — as well as his fellow Republicans for trying to paper over their concerns with his behavior.
“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 said 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.”
Flake 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.
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Guillotine carried by governor’s mansion as Puerto Rico protests escalate dramatically
Puerto Ricans continue to rise up against leaders of their country as disaster relief and resources remain kept from those who need it most.
Since last month, the American territory has been dealing with near-non-stop earthquakes on the south side of the island. But it has only been recently that they were able to gain access to emergency supplies, the National Guard said Tuesday.
"Residents were irate when two warehouses — one in the southern city of Ponce and another near San Juan — were found to be filled with thousands of abandoned supplies, apparently never used after Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017," AFP reported this week.
Senators learn of damning timeline implicating Rudy Giuliani during Trump’s impeachment trial
On Thursday, during the third day of the impeachment trial, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) walked senators through the timeline of actions carried out by President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
"We've walked through some of the timeline of the actions and statements about Ukraine, but let's just line them up briefly because it makes the story so clear," said Lofgren. "April 2019. Vice President Biden officially announced his campaign for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. And a reminder, at the time of Biden's announcement and for months after, public polling, including from Fox News, showed that Biden would beat President Trump. The Fox News polling data is up on the chart."
Internet blasts Trump claim he will save Social Security: ‘Were you lying yesterday or today?’
President Donald Trump attempted to walk-back controversial statements he made suggesting he would push cuts to Social Security and Medicaid.
Cuts to the popular programs are overwhelmingly unpopular and have become a flashpoint in the 2020 presidential election.
While attending the World Economic Forum’s summit in Davos, Trump told CNBC's Joe Kernan that entitlements would be on his plate.