Scarborough on Flake: We're seeing 'the political suicide' of Republican Party

Scarborough on Flake: We're seeing 'the political suicide' of Republican Party
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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said in the wake of Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake: Republicans don't speak out against Trump 'because they want to keep their jobs' GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials The 5 most vulnerable senators in 2020 MORE's (R-Ariz.) retirement announcement that Americans are witnessing "the political suicide" of the Republican Party, "where you are losing guys who are temperamentally moderate."

"From John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMartha McSally fundraises off 'liberal hack' remark to CNN reporter Meghan McCain blasts NY Times: 'Everyone already knows how much you despise' conservative women GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials MORE, George W. Bush, to Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerRNC says ex-Trump ambassador nominee's efforts 'to link future contributions to an official action' were 'inappropriate' Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE, Jeff Flake yesterday, these are Republicans who felt the need and are compelled to come and reaffirm, not just conservative values, but American values, and say ... what’s happening right now is not who we are," observed "Morning Joe" co-host Willie Geist early Wednesday. "I don't know, have we seen anything like this? Nine months, 10 months into a presidency where members of his own party are coming out like this, lining up to criticize him this way?"

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"You haven't," Scarborough, a former GOP congressman-turned-independent, replied. "And what you’re seeing here — let's make no mistake of it. What we are seeing here is the political suicide, it's the coming in of the Republican Party where you are losing guys who are temperamentally moderate."

"And the question is, what happens to the Republicans who remain there?" Scarborough later asked. "Do they really give Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE a standing ovation yesterday after saying he was a threat to the Constitution every day behind the scenes?"

Scarborough went on to call Flake's speech on Tuesday condemning Trump perhaps "one of the most significant speeches on the Senate floor in decades." 

Flake told The Arizona Republic on Tuesday that running in the Republican primary would force him to "condone behavior that I cannot condone."

"The path that I would have to travel to get the Republican nomination is a path I'm not willing to take, and that I can't in good conscience take," Flake said. "It would require me to believe in positions I don't hold on such issues as trade and immigration and it would require me to condone behavior that I cannot condone."