Dems cheer Flake after scathing Trump speech
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Democratic senators on Tuesday praised Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSenate confirms four Biden ambassadors after delay Flake donating unused campaign funds to Arizona nonprofit focused on elections: report Biden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador 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 MerkleyJeff MerkleyDemocrats haggle as deal comes into focus Democrats ready to put a wrap on dragged-out talks Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal 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 SchumerChuck SchumerPricing methane and carbon emissions will help US meet the climate moment Democratic senator: Methane fee could be 'in jeopardy' Manchin jokes on party affiliation: 'I don't know where in the hell I belong' 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 KaineObama gives fiery speech for McAuliffe: 'Don't sit this one out' Biden injects new momentum into filibuster fight Democratic frustration with Sinema rises 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.