Arizona Senator Jeff Flake is an avowed, dyed in the wool Republican. He has also repeatedly criticized GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, and has been vocal about the fact that he will not be pulling the lever for the real estate tycoon turned politician this November. Senator Flake appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, and once again said that he will not be endorsing or voting for Donald Trump, despite Trump’s being his party’s presidential nominee.
Of course, Trump, being unwilling to take any sort of criticism, suggested on his favorite social media platform -Twitter – that the GOP should just get rid of “weak” people like Jeff Flake. Apparently, voting your conscience and standing by your principles is not allowed in Trump’s GOP, and, by extension, it wouldn’t be allowed in Trump’s America should he be elected. Here is Trump’s tweet:
The Republican Party needs strong and committed leaders, not weak people such as @JeffFlake, if it is going to stop illegal immigration.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2016
And of course, this is Trump’s signature racist line: kick all of the brown people out via a massive, authoritarian police state with a so-called “deportation force”, and build a giant wall to make sure that the de-browning of America sticks once all of the undesirables are gone. We’ll be good and lily-white then, with all of “those people” gone under a President Trump. Flake, however, had this to say about Trump, and why he won’t be voting for his own party’s standard-bearer:
“I just know that I would like to vote for Donald Trump. It’s not comfortable to not support your nominee. But given the positions that he’s taken and the tone and tenor of his campaign, I simply can’t.”
Flake went on to say that if Trump had anything regarding “softening” on his immigration stances going on, “it was buried pretty deep.”
That’s the thing – as much as I, as a progressive Democrat, disagree with Senator Flake on many, many issues, I have to give credit where credit is due. Flake has said that the comments regarding Judge Curiel’s Mexican heritage and his alleged lack of fairness due to his Mexican heritage were, quote, ” a new level” of racism from Trump, and that he could not support such a candidate. Here is video of Flake making those remarks on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:[ad3media campaign=”740″ youtube=”undefined”]
Flake is right. Having a clearly racist demagogue as the GOP’s presidential nominee is unacceptable, and decent Republicans, regardless of political affiliation, will not be voting for Donald Trump this November. Republicans who have endorse this guy – understand that you are simply cementing the idea that your party is full of racists by endorsing Donald Trump.
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