Republican Sen. Jeff Flake from Arizona spoke out against President Trump Sunday, claiming the billionaire businessman’s unconventional leadership style has left him open to a primary challenge if he seeks reelection in 2020.
“If he continues on the path that he’s on, that is going to leave a huge swath of voters looking for someone else,” Flake, told ABC News’ “This Week.” Flake said, “He’s probably inviting a Republican challenge.”
Flake, who announced last month that he would not seek reelection in 2018, also said Trump’s continued path could result in a “diminished base” and “a huge swath of voters in the middle that may be looking for something else” — including a “far left” president like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent, or Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Flake, who recently donated $100 to a Democrat running for Senate in Alabama, does not hold back his distain for Trump, and claims he didn’t vote for him in 2016.
Flake also said Sunday that Trump “certainly” will face a challenge from an independent candidate, which has happened to every president in recent history.
However, Flake, who is a champion for illegal aliens to receive amnesty, said that he doesn’t plan on seeking the GOP presidential nomination in 2020.
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