Ex-GOP senator Flake hopes a Democrat beats Trump in 2020


Former Republican Senator Jeff Flake has said he would rather have a Democrat win in 2020 than see President Trump get re-elected.

Flake, a frequent critic of the president, made the comment during an Intelligence Squared debate.

During the event, Flake said: “I think that four years is difficult enough — to unravel some of the damage that has been done internationally to our role, to our leadership position. We cannot — should not go another four years.”

And when the moderator asked, “Are you willing to lose a cycle for the Republican Party because of the principles that you’re arguing,” the former lawmaker said, “Oh, yes. Yes.”

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“Look at the long term, at what you’re doing for the party, because people don’t want to be associated with it,” Flake added.

Flake decided not to run for another Senate term in 2018.

At the time, Trump publicly attacked Flake, who ended up blasting the president directly, accusing him of breaching true conservative ideals in favor of more nationalistic tendencies.