Republican senator slams colleagues who don’t call out Trump’s behavior and says they are being ‘complicit’ — ‘There are times when you have to stand up and say, “I’m sorry, this is wrong.”‘

  • Senator Jeff Flake said Republicans who don’t call out Trump are ‘complicit’
  • The Arizona GOP lawmaker made the statement on The Daily Beast on Sunday 
  • Flake said party members need to take a ‘stand’ or risk being called ‘hypocrites’  

A Republican senator slammed his colleagues who don’t call out Trump on his behavior and said they are being ‘complicit’.

Senator Jeff Flake said he believes Republicans need to take a ‘stand’ against the president or risk being called hypocrites, the Arizona lawmaker said on Sunday.

Flake went further with his claims and he said he thinks his fellow party members are being ‘complicit’ when they fail to call out Trump for his conduct.

Appearing on The Daily Beast, Flake added: ‘There are times when you have to stand up and say, “I’m sorry, this is wrong.”‘

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Arizona Senator Jeff Flake said he thinks Republicans who don't call out Trump on his conduct are being 'complicit', the lawmaker said on Sunday 

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake said he thinks Republicans who don’t call out Trump on his conduct are being ‘complicit’, the lawmaker said on Sunday

Flake made comment while appearing on the CBS show to promote his book, Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle.

He writes in the book: ‘We cannot claim to place the highest premium on character, then abruptly suspend the importance of character in the most vital civic decision that we make.

‘When we excuse on our side what we attack on the other, then we are hypocrites. If we do that as a practice, then we are corrupt. If we continually accept this conduct as elected officials, then perhaps we shouldn’t be elected officials.’

This excerpt prompts interviewer John Dickerson to ask the senator: ‘Are Republican leaders complicit in this if they don’t call out their president?’

Flake replied: ‘I do think so. There are truths that are self-evident. And – and you’ve got to stand up and call – whether it’s the White House or other elected officials – to task when they’re – they’re not doing what they should.

‘And I do think that we bear the responsibility, if we’re elected officials, to do that.’

Flake added: 'There are times when you have to stand up and say, "I’m sorry, this is wrong."' The Arizona lawmaker was hesitant to endorse Trump (pictured on Friday) in the 2016 election

Flake added: ‘There are times when you have to stand up and say, “I’m sorry, this is wrong.”‘ The Arizona lawmaker was hesitant to endorse Trump (pictured on Friday) in the 2016 election

Flake said he believes the Republican Party has ‘lost its way’ and encouraged his fellow party members to return to ‘traditional conservatism’.

He elaborated: ‘We’ve given in to nativism and protectionism. And I think that if we’re going to be a governing party in the future and a majority party we’ve got to go back to traditional conservatism.’

Flake has been openly critical of Trump and was hesitant to endorse him in the 2016 election.

Trump has reportedly noted Flake’s disapproval and the White House allegedly met with three potential primary challengers who could run against Flake.

Shortly after the meeting was revealed, Trump tweeted on July 23: ‘It’s very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President.’

Flake was at the scene of the congressional shooting incident on June 14 and Obama reached out to him through a phone call

Flake was at the scene of the congressional shooting incident on June 14 and Obama reached out to him through a phone call

Flake made news in mid-June when he was at the scene of the congressional shooting incident and Obama reached out to him through a phone call.

Flake revealed that Obama phoned him during interviews following the shooting that injured Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana along with a staffer, a lobbyist, and two Capitol police officers.

Flake, who was uninjured, was one of a group of lawmakers at the congressional baseball practice before the bloody attack.

‘He just said, “I hope that this does bring more unity,” and he wanted me to pass on certainly his regards if he wasn’t able to get to Steve or others before me that he was praying for their good health,’ Flake said, CBS reported.

‘It was a nice call,’ Flake added.

In 2011, after a gunman shot Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords, Obama brought Flake to a memorial service aboard Air Force One.

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One Response to “Republican senator slams colleagues who don’t call out Trump’s behavior and says they are being ‘complicit’ — ‘There are times when you have to stand up and say, “I’m sorry, this is wrong.”‘”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

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