Since winning the White House in 2016, retiring Arizona Senator Jeff Flake has been critical of President Trump.
He has frequently been outspoken about Trump’s conduct, his language, his frequent, often ill-timed tweeting and on some of the positions the president has put forward. Knowing all of this, it’s not hard to believe Flake would like another Republican option for president in 2020.
“I’ve not ruled it out. I’ve not ruled it in. Just, somebody needs to run on the Republican side. I hope somebody does [run], just to remind Republicans what it means to be conservative and what it means to be decent. We’ve got to bring that back,” Flake said. “You can whip up the base for a cycle or two but it wears thin. Anger and resentment are not a governing philosophy.”
Honestly, why shouldn’t someone primary Trump? If GOP voters truly feel President Trump is the best candidate for the Republicans then they will vote that way. Doesn’t competition make things better? Isn’t that what Republicans believe?
Likely, that candidate will be Ohio Governor John Kasich and Flake, both have been highly critical of Trump.