Flake urges Republicans to condemn 'vile and offensive' Trump tweets

Flake urges Republicans to condemn 'vile and offensive' Trump tweets
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Former 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 (R-Ariz.) is urging Republicans to condemn "vile and offensive" tweets from President 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 after the president told four Democratic congresswomen to "go back" to the countries they came from. 
 
Flake didn't directly mention Trump's comments in his tweet, instead arguing on Monday that "this is one of those times" that Republicans have to respond to the president's rhetoric. 
 
"I’ve often said that Republican elected officials can’t be expected to respond to every comment by the President. But there are times when the President's comments are so vile and offensive that it is incumbent on Republicans to respond and condemn. This is one of those times," Flake tweeted. 
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Flake was one of Trump's fiercest critics among Republican lawmakers before he retired at the end of the last Congress, clashing with the president on high-profile topics including immigration policy.
 
He tweeted separately on Sunday about Trump's comments, saying "we're all Americans, Mr. President." 
 
Trump sparked outrage on Sunday when he targeted a group of unidentified progressive congresswomen "who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe."
 
In the tweets, which appeared to be directed at Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive NYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarJayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibJayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyJayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements MORE (D-Mass.), the president suggested they "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
 
Trump doubled down on his statement late Sunday, saying it was "sad" to see Democrats sticking up for the four women, who he argued used "disgusting language" and said "many terrible things … about the United States [that] must not be allowed to go unchallenged."
 
The remarks have sparked furious backlash from Democrats.
 

"The House cannot allow the President’s characterization of immigrants to our country to stand. Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the President’s xenophobic tweets," Pelosi wrote in a letter to the caucus. 

But Republicans have largely remained silent about the president's remarks, which took place over the weekend while lawmakers were back in their home states. 
 
 
Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHouse Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts Hurd says Democrats, media are being manipulated by Iran Bottom Line MORE (Texas) has gone farther than any other GOP lawmaker so far in describing the Trump tweet as "racist and xenophobic."