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

CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin blasted Republican Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeJeff Flake becoming Harvard fellow Democrats needle GOP on standing up to Trump Amash gets standing ovation at first town hall after calling for Trump's impeachment MORE (Ariz.) and Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseSwing-state Democrats see trouble in proposed pay hike House Dems move to give lawmakers a pay increase Conservatives spark threat of bloody GOP primaries MORE (Neb.), saying they talk about standing up to President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates 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) HaleyNikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' Trump UN nominee: Climate change poses 'real risks' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's reelection message: Promises kept 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.