Despite the fact that House Speaker Paul Ryan eventually got behind Donald Trump, many high-ranking Republicans still refuse to join. Former President George Bush and Ohio Governor John Kasich are the most notable, but many conservative lawmakers are starting to flee the Trump train wreck.
Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake is not only not supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy, but he thinks he might actually lose in his VERY red state of Arizona. Now that’s HUUUUGE!
During an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation, Sen. Flake joined the growing chorus of Republicans demanding that Trump tone it down. Flake called on Trump to change not only his “tone and tenor,” but also assume legitimate and substantive positions, including a serious immigration policy outside of luxurious border walls that Mexico will pay for.
Flake then pointed out that Trump may be the first Republican Presidential Candidate to lose the ruby-red state (Think scared old white people and ammosexuals) of Arizona after Bob Dole lost it to Bill Clinton in 1996. Clinton was the only Democrat since President Harry Truman in 1948 to overcome such enormous odds and capture Arizona. Despite that history, Flake thinks that Trump is doing so badly that Hillary Clinton has a real shot of winning (particularly among the state’s growing Hispanic population).
And if they do, then it will be a changed ballgame here,” Flake said. “We in Arizona realize that we’ve got to have meaningful immigration reform. You can’t just throw platitudes out there about a wall, and about Mexico paying for it, and be taken seriously here. And so, I think that, yes, he does have to change positions and be a more serious candidate.
Flake also said that Trump’s slightly less crazy running mate Mike Pence tried to sell him on Trump, but Flake wasn’t impressed.
Particularly here in Arizona, the statements he made right out of the gate, when he got into the campaign, about those crossing the border being rapists and what not, said Flake. That just doesn’t sit well. And then to refer to a judge born in Indiana as a Mexican, in a pejorative way. You can’t expect to win Arizona when you make statements like that.
A loss in Arizona would be a mighty blow to a party that’s seemingly incapable of winning presidential elections. Heck, Trump might just blow the whole party to pieces and then go back to making publicity stunts in the private sector.
Watch the full interview below:
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