Flake tells GOP: Trump ‘does not deserve reelection’
Flake, in a Washington Post op-ed, warned that regardless of the outcome of the impeachment fight, Republicans will have to decide whether, “given what we now know about the president’s actions and behavior, to support his reelection.”
“Obviously, the answer is no,” Flake added.
“My fellow Republicans, it is time to risk your careers in favor of your principles. Whether you believe the president deserves impeachment, you know he does not deserve reelection,” Flake added in the Post op-ed.
“Trust me when I say that you can go elsewhere for a job. But you cannot go elsewhere for a soul,” Flake continued.
A few GOP senators have held back from endorsing Trump’s reelection bid. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who is up for reelection, said earlier this year that she was “not prepared at this point to make that decision.” Sen Mitt Romney (R-Utah) told CNN earlier this month that he was “not planning on endorsing in the presidential race.”
But Flake’s op-ed comes amid a growing fight over impeachment in the wake of a whistleblower complaint tied to Trump’s actions toward Ukraine.
Flake, in the Monday op-ed, said impeachment “now seems inevitable” and that “with what we now know, the president’s actions warrant impeachment.”
“Although Article II, Section 4 is clear about remedies for abuse of office, I have grave reservations about impeachment. I fear that, given the profound division in the country, an impeachment proceeding at such a toxic moment might actually benefit a president who thrives on chaos. Disunion is the oxygen of this presidency,” Flake added.
“At this point, the president’s conduct in office should not surprise us. But truly devastating has been our tolerance of that conduct. Our embrace of it,” Flake said. “We have failed each other, and we have failed ourselves. Let us stop failing now, while there is still time.”