Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake says the Republican Party is in a 'bad place'

Outgoing Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake says the Republican Party is in a "bad place," and that President Trump does not beh...

Posted: Mar 4, 2018 9:11 AM
Updated: Mar 4, 2018 9:11 AM

Outgoing Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake says the Republican Party is in a "bad place," and that President Trump does not behave in the way that "a conservative should act."

In an interview on David Axelrod's show, "The Axe Files," airing on CNN Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, Flake blasted the direction the Republican Party was heading.

"We've stopped being the party of limited government, economic freedom, individual responsibility ... and kind of drifted off to fight the culture wars," said Flake, who announced late last year that he would not run for re-election.

"That's when you always know you're in a bad place. When you stop talking, as a Republican, about limited government or limiting spending and you start talking about flag burning or other cultural issues or immigration to try to make up for not being conservative fiscally. You have to emphasize other issues," he said.

Flake, a frequent critic of Trump, said that though he had voted with the President in terms of policy, he ultimately didn't believe Trump was even a conservative.

"Being a conservative is not just being conservative on policy. It's being conservative in comportment and demeanor and manners.-And we have any thing but that in the White House right now," he said.

The President needs to understand, Flake argued, that "words matter," especially when it comes to Trump's fractious relationship with the media.

"When the President talks about the press as the enemy of the people, for example, and then talks about fake news, calling real news fake and fake news real, that has ramifications, particularly internationally. Authoritarians everywhere now borrow that language to justify cracking down on decent and legitimate opposition as fake news," he said.

"A president should know better," he said. "It's not the way a conservative should act."

Asked by Axelrod how this White House compared to others he'd worked with, Flake was blunt.

"It's different, it really is. Definitely when you see the cabinet meetings, it's kind of painful, frankly, to watch," he said.

And what's even more painful, he added, "is to see the Congress defer so much to the President."

As for Flake's 2017 speech on the Senate floor in which he slammed the "complicity" of his own party in what he called an "alarming and dangerous state of affairs," and announced he wouldn't run for re-election,-the Arizona senator told Axelrod that he had no regrets.

"I certainly couldn't win as a Republican running the kind of campaign that I felt that I needed to run.- I couldn't -- I just couldn't see agreeing with some of the President's positions and condoning his behavior, if that was the price to win re-election," he said.

Huntsville
Few Clouds
76° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 76°
Florence
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 81°
Fayetteville
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 73°
Decatur
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 79°
Scottsboro
Broken Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 73°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 14986

Reported Deaths: 566
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Mobile2033111
Jefferson163091
Montgomery127433
Marshall6509
Tuscaloosa55812
Lee51032
Franklin4676
Shelby44719
Tallapoosa40063
Butler35912
Chambers33724
Madison3024
Baldwin2749
Elmore2707
Walker2391
Etowah23811
DeKalb2263
Dallas2063
Coffee2061
Lowndes19310
Sumter1936
Morgan1761
Houston1724
Autauga1683
Calhoun1463
Pike1450
Choctaw1444
Colbert1422
Marengo1416
Russell1370
Lauderdale1352
Bullock1333
Hale1324
Randolph1247
Wilcox1187
Marion11410
Barbour1131
Clarke1092
St. Clair1041
Pickens934
Greene914
Talladega912
Chilton871
Dale850
Cullman780
Limestone770
Jackson712
Winston670
Covington671
Washington655
Henry642
Macon622
Crenshaw602
Bibb591
Blount491
Lawrence430
Escambia433
Perry350
Geneva350
Coosa341
Monroe332
Cherokee332
Conecuh281
Clay272
Lamar200
Cleburne131
Fayette110
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 20535

Reported Deaths: 338
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Davidson463258
Shelby445194
Trousdale13924
Rutherford102922
Sumner82745
Bledsoe6081
Hamilton60114
Williamson52210
Tipton4273
Lake4100
Robertson3891
Putnam3805
Wilson3638
Out of TN3394
Knox3365
Bedford2694
Montgomery2483
Rhea1970
Hardeman1880
Madison1732
Loudon1360
McMinn13514
Cheatham1100
Cumberland1091
Fayette1072
Dickson1040
Macon1013
Bradley981
Blount823
Maury790
Unassigned750
Washington730
Sevier722
Coffee660
Wayne630
Sullivan612
Gibson601
Monroe562
Lauderdale561
Hickman530
Dyer480
Greene472
Franklin461
Anderson391
Marion361
DeKalb340
Grundy321
Hawkins312
Smith301
Marshall291
Haywood292
Henry290
Carroll271
Jefferson270
White270
Weakley260
Hamblen262
Meigs250
Lincoln250
Lawrence240
Obion241
Warren210
Overton210
Cocke200
Carter191
Morgan170
Cannon170
Campbell171
Jackson170
Crockett161
Roane150
Johnson150
Polk140
Henderson130
Perry130
Humphreys131
McNairy120
Giles120
Chester120
Sequatchie110
Scott110
Hardin112
Fentress110
Stewart90
Claiborne80
Houston70
Benton71
Clay60
Grainger60
Decatur50
Van Buren40
Union40
Moore30
Unicoi30
Pickett30
Lewis30
Hancock10

 

 

Community Events