Toobin: Flake and Sasse ‘never actually take a stand’ against Trump

CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin blasted Republican Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOne of life's great mysteries: Why would any conservative vote for Biden? Trump excoriates Sasse over leaked audio Biden holds 8-point lead over Trump in Arizona: poll MORE (Ariz.) and Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseSweden bans use of Huawei, ZTE equipment in new 5G networks McConnell aims for unity amid growing divisions with Trump Cornyn: Relationships with Trump like 'women who get married and think they're going to change their spouse' MORE (Neb.), saying they talk about standing up to President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE but “do nothing.” 

Speaking on CNN Friday morning, Toobin said there is so little dissent in the GOP that Flake and Sasse get attention for speaking up despite barely deviating from the status quo.

“They never vote against the president,” Toobin said. “They never actually take a stand.”


Toobin made the remarks when discussing outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyGraham says SC people of color can go anywhere in the state but 'need to be conservative, not liberal' 'The soul' versus 'law and order' Author Ryan Girdusky: RNC worked best when highlighting 'regular people' as opposed to 'standard Republicans' MORE’s speech Thursday night that contrasted Trump’s claims that Democrats are “evil.” Haley said that “in America, our opponents are not evil.”

Toobin said comments such as Haley’s and past concern from Flake and Sasse are noise and that Republicans are not actually taking a stand against Trump.

Flake has been critical of the president and did not support or endorse Trump during his 2016 presidential race. The outgoing Arizona senator said last week that he hopes “that somebody does run in the primary against the president.”

Flake is retiring from the Senate in January, and Haley announced her resignation from her post as U.N. ambassador last week. She plans to formally step down at the end of the year.

Haley said she plans to campaign for Trump during his 2020 reelection bid.

Sasse has often spoken out against the president’s use of Twitter and personal attacks against opponents, most recently saying “that’s not the way men act” in regards to Trump’s “Horseface” tweet disparaging adult-film actress Stormy Daniels.

Sasse is up for reelection in 2020.