Jeff Flake now says he’s not ruling out 2020 run against Trump

Jeff Flake now says he’s not ruling out 2020 run against Trump
Jeff Flake (Image: YouTube screen grab via PBS NewsHour)

[Ed. – He might feel more at home adding his name to the roster of 101 Democrats seeking to unseat the president.]

Retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) on Friday said he wouldn’t rule out making a primary challenge to President Trump in 2020, emphasizing that someone in the party needs to run against him.

“I’ve not ruled it out. I’ve not ruled it in. Just, somebody needs to run,” Flake told reporters on Friday.

Asked who else within the party should be in the “conversation” about a primary challenge to the president, Flake pointed to Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.), a sometimes Trump critic within the GOP caucus who Flake described as a “strong candidate” if he decided to run.

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“But I hope somebody does just remind people what it means to be conservative and what it means to be decent, we’ve got to bring that back,” Flake said. “If we’re going to be a relevant party in the future then we’ve got to be a decent party.”

“This politics of grievance and anger and resentment, you know, you can whip up the base for a cycle or two but it wears thin,” he added. “Anger and resentment are not a governing philosophy.”

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