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

CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin blasted Republican Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcSally campaign to suspend TV ads, canvassing amid pandemic Coronavirus isn't the only reason Congress should spend less time in DC Trump Jr. says he inherited 'Tourette's of the thumbs' from his father MORE (Ariz.) and Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseAmerica's governors should fix unemployment insurance Mnuchin emerges as key asset in Trump's war against coronavirus House Republican urges Pompeo to take steps to limit misinformation from China on coronavirus MORE (Neb.), saying they talk about standing up to President TrumpDonald John TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' 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) HaleyCoronavirus sets off industry scramble for aid from Washington Why Klobuchar should be Biden's vice presidential pick Overnight Defense: 'Tens of thousands' of National Guard troops could be activated for coronavirus response | Hospital ships could take week to deploy | Trump says military to help Americans stuck in Peru 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.