Flake: GOP needs to speak out against Moore's comments

Flake: GOP needs to speak out against Moore's comments
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A Republican senator is calling on his colleagues to denounce comments made by Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore.

In a Thursday interview with The Atlantic at the Washington Ideas Forum, Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies for Putin summit: 'He’s not my enemy’ Overnight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Lawmakers demand answers from Mnuchin on tariffs | Fed chief lays out stakes of Trump trade war | Consumer prices rise at highest rate in six years | Feds to appeal AT&T merger ruling MORE (R-Ariz.) said he is “troubled” by some of the comments that Moore has made in the past, such as furthering the conspiracy theory that President Obama was not born in the U.S. and saying that Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) should not serve in Congress because he is Muslim.

“I think that when we disagree with something so fundamental like that, we ought to stand up and say, that's not right, that's not our party, that is not us,” Flake said.

Moore won a runoff Senate primary in Alabama this week, beating establishment candidate and current Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeCrowley surprise tops huge night for left Races to watch in Tuesday’s primaries Loyalty to Donald Trump is new normal for the Republican Party MORE (R-Ala.), whom President Trump backed during the special election campaign.

“When somebody says that members of our body, the Congress, the House of Representatives, shouldn't be there, and to try and apply a religious test … Republicans ought to stand up and say, that's not right," Flake said.

Flake, who is up for reelection in 2018, is a frequent critic of the president, and Trump has used social media and in-person speeches to fire back, calling him “toxic” and “weak” on crime and immigration.