Senator Jeff Flake has asserted that his fellow Congressional Republicans need to stand up against President Trump, citing “this crisis we’re in.”
During an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week” Sunday, the lawmaker said, “A lot of people—Republicans in the House and Senate—look at us with a 14 percent institutional favorability rating and long for the president’s 40 percent. So it makes it difficult for a lot of my colleagues…to say, ‘Hey, let’s stand up to the president.’”
“But we ought to more jealously guard our institutional prerogative in this crisis we’re in,” Flake added. “I think the judiciary has stood up well, the press has stood up well—in terms of institutions that balance—but the Congress has been lacking.”
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He then suggested the Senate should fight, for example, against President Trump’s tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, adding, “If we don’t [push back], why are we there?”
The senator has been an outspoken critic of Trump resulting in the president blasting back by calling him “a Flake.”
According to a report by The Arizona Republic earlier this month, “Trump and Flake’s mutual antagonism resulted in Flake’s poll numbers cratering and led to his October decision to abandon his 2018 Senate re-election bid.”
Their friction aside, others in the media have also questioned Republicans’ lack of opposition to the president’s often controversial comments and decisions.