Alleged Republican Jeff Flake: Under Trump, GOP party of ‘nationalism, nativism and sometimes xenophobia’

While appearing on Sunday’s edition of CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., attacked his own party and said that under the leadership of President Trump, the GOP had “lost its way” and is now the party of “intense nationalism, nativism and sometimes xenophobia.”

“I think similarly today the party’s lost its way,” he said. “We’ve given in to nativism and protectionism, and I think that if we’re going to be a governing party in the future a majority party, we’ve got to go back to traditional conservatism, limited government, economic freedom, individual responsibility, respect for free trade. Those are the principles that made us who we are.”

He wasn’t finished.

“If you look at the politics of today, the tape from last week at the White House and the language that was used, we’ve seen unfortunately too many examples of members of Congress and other elected officials using language referring to your opponents in ways that you would have never done before, ascribing the worst motives to your opponents and assuming that other Americans are the enemy, and that is just not the way it used to be. I don’t think it can be that way in the future,” he added.

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Maybe Flake is confused about who’s actually been using that kind of language.  As we’ve reported time and again, it’s liberals and Democrats who refer to conservatives and Republicans as the “enemy,” even going so far as to advocate for their deaths.

And as memory serves, it was a crazed Bernie Sanders supporter who tried to actually murder Republicans.

Here’s video of his appearance:

According to Real Clear Politics, Flake said:

Well, I got to Congress in 2001, myself and Mike Pence, actually. We had run think tanks, conservative think tanks, in the ’90s. We got elected together. And we sat next to each other early on, on the floor.

I remember him saying that he felt like that we were Minutemen called up to the battlefront, only to be told the revolution of ideas was over. And we have given into kind of the politics of personal destruction, and quickly to a lot of spending and other things that really, I think, made the ground fertile for the type of politics that we have today.

And that’s unfortunate. I think we, as Republicans, kind of gave away the limited government mantle when we spent like crazy in 2000, 2006 while Republicans had the majority in both houses and the White House. And then that forced us to delve into the wedge issues, like flag burning, or the case of Terri Schiavo or things like that.

And now we have, I think, taken up a banner that is not familiar to us. It’s one of intense nationalism and nativism and sometimes xenophobia.

Flake, Real Clear Politics said, was talking about his new book, “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle.”


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