Dems cheer Flake after scathing Trump speech
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Democratic senators on Tuesday praised Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP senator: Senate should be 'disgusted' by Helsinki summit Flake to introduce resolution countering Trump's Russia summit rhetoric Senate GOP poised to break record on Trump's court picks MORE (R-Ariz.) for his retirement-announcing speech, which called out the GOP for its "reckless" support of President Trump. 

“We must never regard as normal the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals,” said Flake, who has repeatedly clashed with the president and his advisers.

Flake called out Trump for what he sees as his “coarseness,” his “personal attacks” and his “flagrant disregard for truth and decency” in remarks made minutes after Trump met with Republican senators for a strategy lunch.

"Senate is losing a good man in @JeffFlake. He made an excellent statement of principles," said Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleySenate GOP poised to break record on Trump's court picks Schumer: Does Putin have 'damaging information' on Trump? Dem senator says it's ‘likely’ Putin has something on Trump MORE (D-Ore) in a tweet with a link to video of Flake's fiery remarks on the Senate floor.

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Flake, an outspoken conservative critic of the president, said that Trump was guilty of "regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals."

The senator, who will not seek reelection in 2018, said he could no longer "stay silent" against Trump, and that the Republican Party no longer had room for his own conservative views. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Red-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (D-N.Y.) said that Flake "is one of the finest human beings I've met in politics" and he "will be missed."

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Election Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race Green Day's 'American Idiot' climbs UK charts ahead of Trump visit MORE (Va.), the 2016 Democratic vice presidential candidate, called Flake a "good man," and said that it was "tragic" that the GOP had become so "toxic and upside down" that the Republican was not able to mount a reelection campaign.
Polls showed the Arizona senator facing a strong challenge from Republican opponent Kelli Ward in the GOP primary and massive disapproval ratings going into the 2018 election. 
 
House Democrats joined their Senate counterparts in praising Flake.