Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) He targeted his own party for his unconditional support of President Donald Trump.
"Never a party has abandoned and fled its deeply held beliefs and principles as quickly as my party did in front of the nativist monster," Flake said Thursday in a speech to the National Press Club, according to the Arizona Republic. "We have become strangers to ourselves."
Flake, who does not seek re-election, said:
"If we are going to lock ourselves in the alternative truth of an erratic leader, if we are going to deny ourselves" living in the world in which everyone lives and taking reality into account every day they face, including the real anxiety they feel, then my party might not deserve to be the leader. "
He asked the Republican Party to act now to" mitigate and repair the damage "caused by Trump.
" As we discover and how we will discover in the years to come, there is no harm like the damage a president can do, "he said.
Flake has previously warned that his party could lose the election because of its embrace of the president, and donated Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) When he ran against Trump-backed Roy Moore, who was accused of badual abuse, abusing minors when he was 30.
He also said that a Republican should challenge Trump for the nomination of Republican Party in 2020. On Thursday, Flake said that, while it is not in his plans, he has not ruled out doing so. he himself, informed the Republic.
Trump, for his part, has called Flake "ineligible," closed his low approval ratings in Arizona and called him "weak in crime and the border."