Sen. Jeff Flake Savages “Outrageous, Not Normal” Trump In Exit Speech: I Won’t Be Complicit [VIDEO]

NBC News reports:

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced Tuesday he will not run for reelection next year, saying he was appalled by President Donald Trump and the direction of the Republican Party.

“We must stop pretending that the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal,” Flake said in a passionate speech on the Senate floor that was aimed clearly at Trump.

He added, “When the next generation asks us, why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up? What are we going to say?”

The one-term senator faced a potentially ugly primary against former state Sen. Kelli Ward, a fire-brand conservative backed by former Trump strategist Steve Bannon who had previously challenged Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

More from the speech from Heavy:

“There are times when we must risk our careers in favor of our principles, now is such a time,” he said during his speech. “It is time for our complicity and our accommodation of the unacceptable to end.”

“The personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms and institution, the flagrent disregard for truth and decency. The reckless provocations most oten for the pettiest and most personal reasons. Reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we have been elected to serve.” “Mr. President, I rise today to say, enough,” Flake said.

  • Leo
    • GayOldLady

      Because Ted Cruz is a Dominionist and so is Moore.

    • MBear

      #propaganda

    • Helen Damnation™

      Crazy begets crazy begets crazy…

    • The_Wretched

      When they say “Constitution” they mean just the opposite.

    • Jonty Coppersmith

      Lower taxes on “the richest” of American families. 80% of the tax cuts to go to the top 1%.

    • BobSF_94117

      In Cruz’s defense, he’s getting tired of eating lunch all by himself. None of the other senators want to sit with him.

      • Harveyrabbit

        Would you want to sit at the same lunch table as the Zodiac Killer? I’d rather take my chances with Jim “Hannibal Lecter” Inhofe and a bottle of Chianti.

      • ByronK

        I think he does an awful lot of things by himself if you catch my drift.

  • Sam_Handwitch

    is it a coincidence that this immediately followed lunch with Dotard?

  • Tawreos

    I can’t wait to get home and watch the whole thing. Hopefully, this will start the avalanche. I think it is time to write my congress critters again and make sure they know that people agree with this speech.

  • Michael R

    UNLEASH THE REVENGE BITCH TWEETS !!!

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

    Republican trickle down? Let a trickle become a flood.

  • Rex

    Can’t wait to find out what cute nickname Trump gives Flake on Twitter.

    • PickyPony

      Something rhymey-like. Flake the Fake?

    • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

      Flakey Jeff

      • Lars Littlefield

        I’m sure that’s going to be it. “He’s the flakiest.”

    • Butch

      I can’t find it right now but I thought he already had?

    • Jack

      “Flake”? Flake the flake?

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        Fake Flakes!

    • boobert

      It’s got to be Flakey Flake !

    • netxtown

      SnowFlake

      • gaycuckhubby

        I want to start a sitcom called “Snowflake and Cuck”
        Now I just need to find a Snowflake 😉

        Edit. Or “Snowflake and Cuck”… a new podcast featuring Jeff Flake and Jared Kushner

        • unsavedheathen

          They should be private detectives.

          • Lars Littlefield

            I want to pitch a new TV action/detective series about a bob sled team working on an Idaho potato far. I plan to call it Husky and Starch.

        • Bunter

          You’d probably have to head over to Tumblr to find Snowflake ^^

      • Todd20036

        Frosted Flake?

  • joe ho

    Chris Kluwe comments.

    “I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, hyenas eating our babies.”

    <is hailed as hero

    • Todd20036

      Kluwe, one of the few straight people I lust after

      • Hank

        I called DIBBS on Kluwe years ago, when his hair was long!!! I will still take him today!!!

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Stealing a Supreme Court seat was not normal or ethical either, but none of the “principled” Republicans spoke up.

    • TrueWords

      Thank you…this is the one thing Obama lost me on…I would have kept on going and going much like Trump with his tweets but I know Obama was far too classy for that maneuver…I am not saying that it would have happened but the entire nation would have known that I tried to make this happen…

      • Gerry Fisher

        I love President Obama, and his No Drama Obama persona helped him in numerous occasions. His inability to shed that persona at the right moment was one of his greatest weaknesses. He should have been ALL drama about the Republicans hijacking a Supreme Court seat. But things were going to be OK, right, because Hillary would take care of things in a year. [groan]

        • Lizard

          Obama has the distinct disadvantage of being an adult, unlike the toddlers in the Republican party. He didn’t pitch temper tantrums when he didn’t get his way, because he’s a mature professional.

        • bcarter3

          From the very start of his administration, Obama had one fatal flaw: In dealing with the Republicans, he assumed that he was dealing with rational people of good will, who would do what was best for the country.

          He wasn’t, and they weren’t.

          • JCF

            Or if Rethugs were irrational, it was only temporary (Obama honestly believed that they would deal, after he was re-elected. In hindsight, he could NOT have been more naive…)

          • Bunter

            That’s the flaw of most decent people, I’m afraid.

    • Ninja0980

      Not to mention the 140 plus lower court seats.

    • j.martindale

      Stealing the election for W was not normal or ethical, and no Rethug spoke up.

      • JackFknTwist

        “complicit”, “enabler”‘, “collaborators”.

        We have the vocabulary for these lice; we know what they have done; either with silence or with malevolent deviousness they have been complicit in , have enabled, or collaborated in the degradation of the USA and its institutions.

    • Gerry Fisher

      This is where we need journalists to step up. This drift toward wildly abnormal in the Republican Party has been happening for a long time.

      • safari

        Be careful. They might shoot the investigating journalist.

    • kaydenpat

      Exactly. They’ve gone along with loads of partisan foolishness. #not heroes.

    • The Sentinel
  • gaycuckhubby
  • boobert

    Incoming tweet with stupid name. I guessing Flakey Flake ,lol.

  • Butch

    Actions speak louder, Sen. Flake. Show us with your votes from now on.

    • Rillion

      He hates Trump but he is still an extremely conservative Republican that will vote for extremely conservative bills and apppontees.

  • matrem
  • gaycuckhubby

    This is probably a big reason for him not running…
    https://twitter.com/ForecasterEnten/status/922912717970837506

  • GayOldLady

    Ok! I’m in my 70’s and this is the first time in my life that 3 prominent Senators have broken with their Party and taken a stand against a POTUS from their party. This is not coincidental. There will be more to follow!

    • The_Wretched

      Here’s hoping for a full avalanche.

    • Todd20036

      Did this sort of thing happen with Nixon?

      • The_Wretched

        No, i don’t think so. A group of Republican leaders walked over to the WH and talked to Nixon that they’d start proceedings.

        • Todd20036

          Not sure if this says something of the severity of the problem, or the drama queenliness of today’s republican party

      • GayOldLady

        Nope. When it became clear that Nixon was complicit, the majority of Republicans in the Congress worked with Democrats to impeach him. You might remember the name Sen Howard Baker, a very prominent TN Senator, was the man who asked during a committee hearing “what did the President know and when did he know it”. I’m not saying they didn’t resist the story in the beginning, because they did, but when it finally became apparent that the story was more likely than not, true, the majority lived up to their oath of office.

    • Jonty Coppersmith

      Note that the three who have broken with their party are all on their way out. Flake and Corker are not running for re-election, and McCain, well…..

      • GayOldLady

        I understand, but as I’ve written here many times Corker broke with Trump in August, nearly two months before he announced he would not run again. McCain just won reelection in 2016. He might not live past 2018, but his term would be through 2022 if he could make it. As for Flake, he’s been bucking POTUS on policy for a while. He was a tough win on healthcare for McConnell.

        • band
          • band
          • Steven B

            Point goes to you.

          • gaycuckhubby

            His arguments have never been with 90% of Trumps policies

          • GayOldLady

            He’s a republican, what did you expect? His votes don’t change the fact that he called out DJT from the floor of the U.S. Senate today. So, what’s your point?

          • band

            Flake’s speech today was commendable. It doesn’t change the fact that he has voted with Trump FAR more than a GOP senator from AZ would be expected to.

          • GayOldLady

            Trump hasn’t passed a piece of significant legislation yet so Flake hasn’t done much of anything for or with Trump.

          • band

            You should perhaps consider perusing the data 538 has so kindly compiled at the link I have provided.

          • GayOldLady

            You should perhaps learn to understand what the term “Trump hasn’t passed a significant piece of legislation” means. Flake is a Republican, I would expect his votes in favor of conservative legislation.

          • band

            Like I said, you should perhaps consider checking out 538’s database of Senate voting records RE: Trump. There’s a world of nuance you seem to be missing.

          • GayOldLady

            I’ve seen it and again I would expect nothing different from Flake, Corker or even McCain. And don’t delude yourself into believing that any of the bills voted on in the U.S. Senate were the brainchild of Trump. He’s a dunce. They were bills brought to floor by McConnell. But none of that negates the fact that DJT hasn’t been able to influence the passage of any major legislation. No ACA Repeal. No Border wall. No Ban. Not a thing has passed in the Senate that wouldn’t have passed if Trump had lost.

          • band

            Again, and for the last time, I’m going to suggest that you take a few minutes to look at the “Votes with Trump” data 538 has collected. It could really expand your understanding of the universe of possible votes by GOP members of Congress, how their votes relate to support for Trump in their home state/district, what that means for their re-election prospects, and, perhaps, what it means for Trump’s own prospects if/when impeachment starts to look like a real possibility. It’s all really a lot more complex—and interesting—than “He’s a republican, what did you expect?”

          • GayOldLady

            And Again, I have seen it. I disagree with the premise of “votes with Trump”. The legislative Agenda for the most part is Mitch McConnell’s agenda, not Trump’s. Trump isn’t intelligent enough to have an agenda beyond “build a wall”, “ban them” “privatize public schools” “Iran deal bad” and “Russia is good” . I watched every televised Campaign speech of Trump. I know what Trump’s for and what he’s against. If you look at the things that matter to Trump like NOT “imposing sanctions on Russia” you see that Flake voted for it while Trump has consistently been against it. Most of the rest of the Agenda, with the exception of nominations, which shouldn’t even be in that list, Flake voted exactly how the most conservative members of his party voted. He’s a fiscal conservative and that’s how he’d vote no matter who was President.

          • Steven B

            I think the point is that actions, such as his voting record, speak louder than words.

          • gaycuckhubby

            So whats the next step? Should he start voting for things he doesn’t believe in?
            Vote against policies he wants to pass just to piss off Trump?

          • GayOldLady

            I understand the point, but my point is that none of that matters because he’s a GOP Senator and he was elected to vote for the things that he voted for, but speaking out against Trump, the sitting president of his party from the floor of the U.S. Senate, is an extraordinary event.

          • ColdCountry

            I wish the three of them would stay and get the impeachment proceedings going. I’m afraid Bannon will gain a bigger foothold if they leave.

          • GayOldLady

            Articles of Impeachment come from the House and it’s solidly GOP and most of them aren’t moderate Republicans, they’re TP’ers. It will take a Mueller indictment to get that ball rolling in the House.

          • Lizard

            Plus, removal from office requires 2/3rds of the Senate, and that just isn’t going to happen.

          • GayOldLady

            When Mueller brings a case that demonstrates obstruction and/or collusion, it will be enough that Trump will pardon whoever he thinks might help him and he’ll do a Nixon. Then the AG of NY, Eric Sneiderman, can nail him on criminal charges.

          • Matt G, Rochester

            I wish I could upvote this one hundred thousand times!

          • ColdCountry

            That’s right, thanks.

          • GayOldLady

            The only reason I remember it is because of Richard Nixon.

          • GayOldLady

            I hate admitting I’m old enough to remember the Nixon/Watergate hearings. I should keep that to myself. 🙂

          • Bad Tom

            I remember them too. It’s important to remember.

          • GayOldLady

            Very important!

          • ColdCountry

            Uh, I’m only a few years behind you, and I remember them, too. Hell, I remember Yuri Gagarin.

          • GayOldLady

            Oh, you remember Yuri, you are old 😉

          • Cattleya1

            You are not alone, here…

          • Cuberly Deux

            Yep, he’s hardly “mavericky”.

          • GayOldLady

            I think for a man to refuse to get into the gutter with Trump and to refuse to hold the party line in order to get reelected is “mavericky”. And IMHO, Band is a ratfucker.

          • band

            Because when some people’s arguments are challenged around here, they dive for the ad hominems.

          • GayOldLady

            Because you rarely comment here except to criticize people for things like posting memes or not agreeing with you. And I haven’t said anything you can challenge.

          • band

            If you haven’t said anything I could challenge, one might wonder why my simple posting of information about Flake’s voting record has inspired such an intense and defensive response.

          • GayOldLady

            Because I dislike your prior comments here and I believe you to be a ratfucker.

          • Cuberly Deux

            It’s great he stepped up, but his hemming and hawing over the ACA repeal, which he eventually signed onto, doesn’t endear me to him. My opinion of him is just nuanced. In general I’d say that the fact the GOP is beginning to crack via it’s own hubris is wonderful.

          • GayOldLady

            I don’t feel any love for Jeff Flake, but that’s not the point. He’s a republican speaking out against a Republican POTUS. I don’t agree with Corker’s politics or McCain’s politics, but they have both taken an extraordinary position against a sitting president of their party.

          • Cuberly Deux

            I just hope this is a sign of things to come, as in more GOPers follow suit.

          • GayOldLady

            I’m not a fan of Flake either. And the GOP is cracking because DJT isn’t a competent, sane person and that’s what Flake, Corker and McCain have dared to say, publicly.

          • Ben in Oakland

            That would make him just………icky?

          • Cuberly Deux

            lol…yes.

      • 2patricius2

        What about Nixon? I know that Goldwater told him if he was impeached he would be convicted.

        • thatotherjean

          Top Republicans came to Nixon in private and told him he had to resign, or he would be impeached. They didn’t proclaim it in public. This is pretty spectacular shade to be throwing at a president of their own party.

    • Robincho

      Two not running again, one with a brain tumor. I’m not getting real courage here, for some reason…

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    The Sarah show has started

    • safari
      • MBear

        >barf <

        • Lars Littlefield

          I know. Imagine the smell. And she probably tries to disguise it with quarts of White Shoulders.

      • greenmanTN

        With those microphones at the bottom it looks like Kilroy was there.

        • Lars Littlefield

          Or Mr. Krabs from Spongebob Squarepants.

          • safari

            It surprises me you know of Mr. Krabs, Lars.

          • Lars Littlefield

            He comes to me in my dreams.

          • Adam King

            Hidden depths.

      • safari

        I just don’t like the frills.

        • Rex

          And her blouse is awful too.

          • safari

            (chest labia)

          • Lars Littlefield

            That is precisely what I am thinking. But I try not to be so obviously misogynistic. After all, women have it tougher than men. But not this bitch.

        • Prost Seattle

          Apparently the frills don’t like her either. That is not an enhancing look for her.

          • olandp

            Is any look enhancing for that?

          • Rex

            A paper bag.

          • safari

            She can actually look okay when she wears solids with nice crisp lines.

          • The_Wretched

            So you’re not a fan of wavy on top of amorphous?

          • safari

            Or magnified bathroom wallpaper.

      • James in Hollywood

        I am reminded of a plumber’s butt.

      • unsavedheathen

        Yet another shapeless acetate blouse with clownish, loud trim. She’s got to be trying to look this way. What is she telling her stylist? “Find me more cheap separates in unflattering cuts and colors!”

        • JAX

          What stylist?!
          I’m convinced these are her own choices.

      • Marty Pavelka

        I keep seeing the microphone tips as eyeballs from some demented Disney character. Every. Single. Time. Please, it’s bad enough already. Make. It. Stop!

      • Adam King

        Ooh, flappy!

      • Cuberly Deux

        Tadpole eyebrows is creepy.

  • Leo

    You can actually tell who the bots are now from the Jeff Flake trending feed. Some model stock photo and the same stock jargon. I’m trained to guess them now and IP tracking services prove I’m correct. Amazing.

  • Keith D Plane

    I live in AZ and despise Flake but was glad to see him swinging at the shit stain

  • gaycuckhubby
    • MBear

      Theyll turn lobbyists and promote the same toxic schemes but get moar $$$

  • Rex

    So, Flake and Corker and McCain are speaking out against Trump – who is exactly the same as he was on November 8, 2016. Where were they then?

    • safari

      (complicit)

    • Hoping to keep their jobs.

    • Cipher

      Cowering in fear of the “morans” whose votes they need.

    • Bob Conti

      Resorting their sock drawers?

    • John30013

      And where were they when Trump nominated abysmal, unqualified toadies like DeVos, Price, Zinke, Carson, Flynn, etc., to cabinet (or cabinet-level) positions that required Senate confirmation. Did any of them vote against any of these absolutely unqualified people?

      • Robincho

        Absolutely unqualified? You’re not generally this reticent. Are you feeling well?…

  • BobSF_94117

    “We must stop pretending that the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal,”

    Are? IS!!!!!

    “We must stop pretending that the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They is not normal,”

    • Lars Littlefield

      Verb/noun agreement is a totally lost art in ‘Merichuhn English.

      • Adam King

        People tend to make the verb agree with the preceding noun, whatever it’s doing syntactically in the sentence, instead of the noun that’s the subject of the verb.

        • whollyfool

          In 500 years that will be the grammar standard.

          • paganguy

            The way things are going, in 500 years radioactive cockroaches will have developed a grammar of clicks and hisses to describe a doomed species that cleared the earth for them.

          • whollyfool

            I like how you think. 🙂 let’s leave earth to a more deserving species. 🙂

          • paganguy

            I don’t usually feel that hopeless. But lately… ::sigh::

          • whollyfool

            I’m trying to remember that history goes in cycles and we’re just in a low point. 🙁

    • CottonBlimp

      That “correction” of yours is a joke, right? I’m running on too little sleep to tell for sure.

      • BobSF_94117

        Yes, I plunge into absurdity when it all gets to be too much to handle.

    • Snarkaholic
      • BobSF_94117

        Bingo! 🙂

        The Senate is supposed to be a house of debate, so it’s particularly jarring to listen to senators who don’t grasp simple grammar.

  • MBear

    Hey Flakey Flix: you built this!
    Cute tirade, but fk you

  • gaycuckhubby
    • Todd20036

      And this is why Fox viewers are morons.
      You have the greatest conflict since Nixon, and Fox is focusing on a debunked conspiracy theory about an ex-candidate who is not in the White House running the country into the ground.

      • gaycuckhubby

        Yep!

      • KarenAtFOH

        The careful programming of their minds continues.

    • Lizard

      Oh for fuck’s sake.

  • Ninja0980

    You voted yes on Gorsuch and every other right wing hack Trump has put forward as a judge.
    You want to stop being complicit, vote no on the judges coming up the pipe.
    Otherwise, STFU.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Why do we expect a Republican to vote against a conservative judge? Because the President who nominated him is a meanie?
      I personally would vote against him because he goes against everything I believe in. But I dont get why Flake would

      • Adam King

        Because Gorsuch is not just “a conservative judge.” He’s an obnoxious, over the top crazy asshole.

        • CJAS

          Who had provided Republicans with enough cover with his obnoxious, crazy, asshole-ly decisions.

        • gaycuckhubby

          Nah… he is fairly mainstream conservative

          • Tom Furgas

            By today’s standards, anyway.

          • gaycuckhubby

            And the standard for the last 40 years… think Scalia, Thomas, Alito

      • Todd20036

        Because Gorsuch wasn’t a presidential pick. He was a GOP obstructionist excuse.
        Garland was a presidential pick

        • gaycuckhubby

          So what should he have done? Voted against all nominees unless Trump nominated Garland, then voted against Garland because he doesn’t agree with his judicial views?
          What the Republicans did was unethical but legal. Voters knew that but put Trump in afterwards. I just don’t see how you can reverse it now.

          • Tom Furgas

            I’d question the legality of stealing a Supreme Court seat. At the very least it was dereliction of duty by McConnell. In any case, his constituents didn’t raise Hell because he was subverting due process, even if they didn’t want Garland in the court. Shows how unprincipled Republican voters can be.

      • Reality.Bites

        Because when it comes to Republicans turning on Trump, all of a sudden we’re Bernie Bros. Wah – he’s not perfect. Wah – he’s not a liberal Democrat. Wah – he’s a racist homophobe 1%er in favour of guns and no abortion or health care.

        Is he a traitor to the United States? No? Good enough for me!

  • safari
    • Adam King

      Either Republicans knew what they were voting for, in which case they’re evil, or they didn’t know, in which case they’re stupid.

      • Todd20036

        I’m in the “both” camp

        • Cattleya1

          Definitely not mutually exclusive.

      • boatboy_srq

        Evil/Stupid is not a binary distinction.

      • Mark

        All they cared about was getting that black man outta there and his history too.

        • canoebum

          And keeping Hillary out, at any price. After all, she had emails.

    • Oh, Parker

      Forty years.

  • greenmanTN
    • Adam King

      I need to know more about the prancing-around-half-naked guy.

      • Todd20036

        Yeah, I focused on that, too

      • JW Swift

        I’d point you to the example of what Plumber’s Crack actually SHOULD look like, upthread (or down, depending upon your Disqus settings).

  • Slim Compersion

    Senator Flake’s points are, of course, spot on. HOWEVER… it still indicates dysfunction in the GOP (and the body politic in general) when it’s mainly Republicans who are retiring from office who are speaking out so incisively against Trump and Trumpism. When we get to the point that Republicans who intend to stay on don’t (rightly) fear they’ll not be re-elected for calling Trump out (because Trumpism is what the GOP electorate still wants), well, only then will there be progress in reforming politics in the US.

    • Adam King

      It’ll get worse before it gets better, I fear.

    • Friday

      Democrats don’t have any percentage in giving up seats in protest when they’re already there trying to *stop* this stuff.

  • gaycuckhubby
  • Hank

    The Rethuglican Party had a chance at their Convention, to deny the nomination to Herr Drumpf and they failed to do so!!! THAT was when ALL of the Moderate and Conservative Rethuglicans should have stood up for their VALUES!!!

    NOW they have to fight against the White Supremacists, that they have let into their party!!! They can STILL deny those, RACISTS from running as Rethuglicans!!!

  • Were the other senators even present…hard to tell in the video.

    • stuckinthewoods

      few, I think eight.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Reporter: You originally supported Trump. Do you have any regrets about that?
    Corker: What do you think?

    Good sitcom material.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Sarah: “Jeff Flake and Bob Corker are just grandstanding.”

    Irony, meet my long sleeve cotton shirts.

  • Cuberly Deux

    Well, the Moldovian & Rusky hordes over at Mediaite are luvin this.

  • joe ho

    lol.

    But will he vote against the tax cut for the 1%?

    Of course he won’t.

  • billbear1961

    I’ll repeat something I said last night:

    Four YEARS of this toxic, hateful FREAKSHOW will destroy this country.
    How can anyone have any respect for a people who put up with such relentless, hateful lying and inexcusable, mindless cruelty?
    How can a DECENT people submit to such flagrant EVIL, recognize its authority, grant it any kind of legitimacy??
    Above ALL, if you let them harm CHILDREN, you are DONE FOR.
    As a society, you will be BEYOND redemption.
    …………………………………..

    You’ve got to make it CLEAR you won’t tolerate the pathological LYING–statements you can PROVE are FALSE!–and the extremist policies–the flagrant PILLAGE–they want to indulge in, policies that will harm MILLIONS, including helpless CHILDREN!

    You’ve got to make it CLEAR, to the media and your representatives, you expect them to hold these thieves and liars and racists accountable!

    You’ve got to make it CLEAR that you will NOT accept or respect or otherwise recognize the authority of GANGSTERS, at any level of government, in any branch of government, that you will NOT submit yourselves, willingly, to their CRIMES–to having your elections stolen or BOUGHT–to having your courts stacked with the most hateful FANATICS–to being stripped of your CIVIL RIGHTS–to being reduced, you and your children, to BEGGARS in the streets if you lose a job or become seriously ill without insurance, as they, unlike the representatives of ANY other ADVANCED democracy, DESTROY the social safety net simply to satisfy their masters’ insatiable, MURDEROUS greed!!

    The time for massive and relentless protests is NOW, in every major U.S. city, especially in Washington, D.C.

    The racist LIAR, THIEF, and TRAITOR in the Oval Office and his henchmen are unfit MONSTERS–they are undermining the rule of law and destroying your democracy, and placing the peace of the WORLD at risk!!

    It’s time every DECENT citizen, journalist and politician SAID SO, and called for their immediate removal from power!!

  • bkmn

    Breitbart had two staffers working in Ward’s office until yesterday when they were pulled by Breitbart because she is ‘not sincere’.

  • gaycuckhubby
    • thatotherjean

      That would be nice–but how, if they’re not voting against what Trump wants?

  • boatboy_srq

    And where was this sentiment 2009-16 when “one-term President” and “liberal fascist” and “Kenyan anti-colonialist” were commonplace discussion items?

    That’s what I thought.

  • Tom Furgas

    Republicans have always been aces at playing invisible bogeymen and irrational fears to gain support from the great unwashed masses, so riddled as they are with xenophobia, homophobia, racism, and outright ignorance. It is a sad day indeed when the only Republicans who dare speak out against this outrageous and atrocious administration are the ones who are retiring, retired, or gravely ill. Will the American voters come to their senses during the upcoming midterm elections? We will see. I myself am not terribly hopeful.

  • Lizard

    You know what? Fine. It shouldn’t have taken this long, they shouldn’t have stolen that Supreme Court seat, but…fine. You want to fight Trump? The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    But why the fuck are you leaving?! You are in a better position to fight Trump right there in the Senate, the kind of power around 65% of the country can only dream of to oppose the president we despise so much, and you’re quitting?

    You want to oppose the president, Mr. Flake? You want to change your ethics and serve your country? Then sit your ass down and serve. Don’t run away from the responsibility like a coward.

    • Reality.Bites

      He’s not leaving, he’s not running in a primary where he has no chance of winning. No Republican opposing Trump can.

      • Lizard

        He’s up for reelection just next year. So we get a year out of him, tops. Choosing not to run is choosing not to fight in my book. He doesn’t even want to fight for the seat.

        There were never-Trumpers in the Republican party. I doubt they’re all choosing not to rerun.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Because it was becoming more and more likely that he would lose his primary. Against a REAL nutjob. Hopefully someone else is better equipt to defeat her.

    • Bad Tom

      Lame Ducks have a peculiar freedom of action that is very real.

    • edrex

      your complicity does not end with your departure, especially given the damage you’ve already done in office. at the very least find a way to work directly against the trump/gop agenda. continue to speak out loudly and actively support the democratic candidate.

    • Ben in Oakland

      You noticed that. I wrote much the same.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Another “I quit, and you suck!” tirade. I wish they would have the balls to stay on and do something about it.

    • CB

      I think they’re afraid of the bloody bloody primaries.
      (Nice new avatar, BTW)

      • Natty Enquirer

        So it’s “I quit, you suck, and you win!” That’s the spirit.

    • whollyfool

      didn’t he say he still had 14 months to go, or maybe my brain made that up…

      • thatotherjean

        If he’s planning to stay for the rest of his term, is he planning to change the way he votes? I’m not holding my breath.

  • Pizza009

    I can’t believe someone is saying in public what I’ve only ever said in private!

  • BostonBud

    What did it take? There has been so much that has happened. What was the breaking point? It obviously wasn’t went he admitted to sexually assaulting women or lied about the inauguration or trashed a Gold Star Family. It wasn’t his bullying in the primaries or after he took office or when he destroyed health care for millions. What did it take?

    • Lizard

      His odds for winning reelection in 2018 dropping below 50%, probably.

    • Hank

      A Trumpanzee running against him in the primary, that he could not win!!!

    • gaycuckhubby

      Probably when they realized they can never get any legislation passed with him in the WH

      • thatotherjean

        Oh, you’re a cynic, too? Welcome aboard.

  • justmeeeee

    So why not join the ITMFA movement, Jeffiekins?

  • gaycuckhubby
  • ceeenbee

    It’s about time. When will others follow?

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    I’m on pins and needles waiting to see how AZ Democrats will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory this time around. Ermahgerd!. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/94a4ed5a5425df569d9cdc03d6a5729c1e7d6a3898462e43e8d1a2f05e0d56a1.jpg

  • wds

    “I will not be complicit”?!?!? What have you been doing your entire time in Congress? You are only showing “bravery” because you’re quitting … SMH

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    He added, “When the next generation asks us, why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up? What are we going to say?”
    Answering his own question, he (should have) said, ” I raised the white flag. I dropped out of the fray.”

  • The Sentinel

    From Flake’s website: “As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Flake will be a leader in the effort to successfully confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court. From the moment President Trump announced the nomination, Sen. Flake has been a fierce advocate for Judge Gorsuch, lauding his opposition to judicial activism, his support for religious freedom, and his commonsense Western sensibility.” https://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/supreme-court_3

  • margaretpoa

    Let’s not forget that Flake, (and Corker) voted to make health care a privilege for only those who can afford it. He may be speaking truth to power but he’s still a nasty, privileged piece of crap.

  • aagold76 .

    if they truly don’t want to be complicit- or if they wanted to create a block to Trump- They would switch parties- give the Democrats control of the Senate, that’s really the only way to hold this maniac at bay. Flake, Corker, McCain, Collins and Murkowski need to all jump ship- I’m sure the Dems will give them Chairmanships.

  • andrew

    Kudos to Senator Flake for this speech, not for his voting record in the Senate.

  • kareemachan

    I first heard Flake on ‘Wait Wait’. VERY personable. But he votes for things that hurt Americans. He has a kid who didn’t give a shit whether the dogs died or not.

    Nice of him to speak his mind, but WHY THE HELL DIDN’T HE DO THIS BEFORE?!?

    • Helen Damnation™

      WAIT! Did no one else see Flake on MTP Daily, twenty minutes later? Chuck Todd asked Flake a question about impeachment, and he replied something like: I’m not for that or 25th amendment or anything, I just want to give him a nudge in the right direction. WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK??

      • canoebum

        The right direction in this case is off the Palisades. Let the rats eat his corpse.

  • marshlc

    So, is crossing the floor a thing, in American politics? Because if he really wants to stand by those words, he can quit the Republicans and caucus with the Democrats. He wouldn’t get re-elected, but if he’s quitting at the end of his term anyway, might as well go out with a bang.

  • Ben in Oakland

    “He added, “When the next generation asks us, why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up? What are we going to say?”

    YOU’RE going to say, “I’m a rat, this is a sinking ship. What do you expect?” By quitting, you are abstaining from any chance of doing something, but also, from any responsibility for NOT doing anything,

    You were just fine with it when you stopped thinking about the country. You were fine with it as long as the democrats lost. It wasn’t really the point if you won, and in any case, you thought you control your creation, and none of the drek would stain that nice polyester suit,

  • Max_1

    Republicans: They knew Trump was a snake when they let him in…

  • Friday

    Maybe they should say that before calling it quits.

  • eyefidelity

    Senator Flake wants a return of comity to the Senate… I look forward to the Senate becoming “Comity Central,” but I’m not holding my breath….

  • wds

    Breaking: I’m sure the banking industry paid well for this – after all this “bravery” in his speech…his not being “complicit” meant he voted FOR removing folks rights to get a class action against a bank … like Wells Fargo who opened around 8 million false accounts and services … SMH