Every heard the saying, “Birds of a feather flock together,”? Well Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. John McCain, and Sen. Jeff Flake are all birds of a feather.
After Jeff Flake gave a speech bashing Trump and announcing that he will not be running for reelection, McConnell and McCain praised him for his harsh words towards the president.
McConnell stated, “On behalf of myself and I think many of my colleagues, we’ve just witnessed a speech from a very fine man, a man who clearly brings high principles to the office every day and does what he believes is in the interest of Arizona and the country.”
He also claimed that he was glad to know that Flake will be finishing out his current term because Senate Republicans “have big things to try to accomplish.”
Flake’s stunning speech on the Senate floor came just moments after the Senate Republican Conference left a luncheon on Capitol Hill that Trump attended as part of an effort to get everyone on the same page about tax reform.
It could be the last chance Republicans have to pass major legislation during Trump’s first year in office, but instead Washington’s focus Tuesday was on the fiery feuds emerging among GOP lawmakers.
It began when Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) renewed his fight with Trump, taking to the airwaves ahead of the meeting on Capitol Hill to accuse the president of being a liar and of “debasing” the nation.
Flake followed with his surprise announcement that he would retire at the end of this Congress. In his subsequent Senate floor speech, Flake said he could no longer “condone” the president’s behavior.
Flake stated, “We must never adjust to the coarseness of our dialogue with the tone set up at the top. We must never regard as normal the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals,” He continued, “We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country, the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms and institution, the flagrant disregard for truth and decency, the reckless provocations — most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons, reasons having nothing to whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we have been elected to serve.”
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