Dems cheer Flake after scathing Trump speech
© Getty Images

Democratic senators on Tuesday praised Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSchumer recruiting top-notch candidate for McCain Senate seat The Hill's Morning Report — Trump eyes wall money options as shutdown hits 21 days Poll: Sanders most popular senator, Flake least 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 MerkleyDem senator requests FBI investigate Nielsen for potential perjury Trump officials discussed ‘deterrent effect’ of prosecuting migrant parents: report Senate Democrats hold talkathon to protest partial shutdown MORE (D-Ore) in a tweet with a link to video of Flake's fiery remarks on the Senate floor.

ADVERTISEMENT

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 SchumerTrump blasts Pelosi for wanting to leave country during shutdown The Senate should host the State of the Union Dem senators debate whether to retweet Cardi B video criticizing Trump over shutdown 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 KaineSenate GOP blocks bill to reopen Homeland Security The Hill's Morning Report — Nasty shutdown fight gets nastier DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown 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.