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Jeff Flake Wants Biden to Give Trump a Good Spanking in November

Former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake thinks the future is not with Trumpism. Which is why he fought it out and resisted Arizona Republican efforts to unseat him in 2018.

Oh, wait, he did not do that. He retired.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Former Sen. Jeff Flake argued that President Trump losing reelection would be better for the country and the Republican Party than if he wins.

The Arizona Republican, who publicly feuded with the president during their overlapping time in office, explained his belief that a “sound defeat” of Trump would “no doubt” be more beneficial to the United States, the GOP, and “for conservativism” in the “long term” in a Washington Post interview published Tuesday.

“This won’t be the first time I’ve voted for a Democrat — though not for president [before]. Last time I voted for a third-party candidate. But I will not vote for Donald Trump,” he explained. “But, listen, we have a good system. The pendulum swings when one party takes it too far. We’ll be ourselves again. So it’s not a pox on all your houses. I’m not trying to burn the place down or anything else. I think we’ll be back.”

Woman Who Caught Jeff Flake in Elevator Makes a $178K Salary

One of the women who harangued Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake as they refused to let his elevator door close is a top professional agitator whose salary is nearly $178,000, not the random outraged citizen many no doubt assumed her to be.

Ana Maria Archila, a Colombia-born sexual-assault victim, is co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy. Her salary, according to a recent Internal Revenue Service 990 form, included $156,333 in regular pay and a bonus of $21,378, according to a piece in the Wall Street Journal.

Archila’s group receives significatn funding from leftist financier George Soros, according to reports.

In the video below, Archila is the woman with dark hair on the right side of the screen standing directly in the way of the elevator door.

It would appear she earned her salary that day. Flake soon after caved to the left and said his final vote to support the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would be contingent on an FBI investigation of the assault allegations against Kavanaugh.

Republicans relented, but the investigation turned up nothing new and Flake helped vote Kavanaugh onto the Court.

Flake Flip Flop Was Partly Due to Ranting Protestors, He Admits

Amazing. A senator is prevented from using the elevator by ranting leftist protestors, and he decides to potentially change the course of U.S. history by insisting his vote on Brett Kavanaugh is contingent on appeasing Democrats – temporarily – with an week-long FBI investigation.

Here’s what he said Sunday on 60 Minutes during a buddy-interview with Democratic Sen. Chris Coons Delaware, who has gotten what he wants while giving Republicans nothing in return.

I don’t think anybody expected, you know, what happened on Friday to happen. And I can’t say that I did either. I just knew that we couldn’t move forward, that I couldn’t move forward without hitting the pause button. Because, what I was seeing, experiencing, in an elevator and watching it in committee and just thinking, this is ripping our country apart.

Snowflake. I’ll tell you what will rip the country apart, another week of this while the FBI investigates. And then if Kavanaugh goes down, conservatives will be infuriated beyone belief. They know Democrats don’t sabotage themselves because the get overcome with emotion. The divide will be worse.

Apparently the White House is trying not to criticize Flake because they’re worried he’ll get emotional again and do something worse.

If Kavanaugh goes down and the Senate turns Democratic, you will have Jeff Flake to thank for preventing the conservative-majority Supreme Court that voters chose when they elected Donald Trump.

Judiciary Panel Approves Kavanaugh but Flake, Murkowski Cave to the Mob

The Senate Judiciary Committee recommended along party lines that Judge Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed to serve on the Supreme Court, but Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has been targeted by leftist protestors and his own indecisiveness, said his vote is conditioned on a week-long FBI investigation. Meantime, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, also called for a week of FBI probing.

That means this thing will probably have to be delayed.

Let me tell you, senators, how that plays out. While the FBI is doing an “investigation,” which will inevitably change nothing since they’ll mainly be asking people questions who have already been questioned, Democrats will be busy bees. They’ll dig up anyone who can say anything negative at all about Kavanaugh. They will demand additional FBI investigations of other complaints. They will complain that the FBI investigation is not “thorough.”

In short, they will throw as much excrement on the wall as they can find to make it look too unattractive for Flake, Susan Collins, or Lisa Murkowski to vote yes.

This is not an investigation. I had argued several days ago to do an FBI probe, just get it done. But now things have gone on too long, and it’s too clear what’s going on. The FBI investigation is a tool to be used – we may not even know exactly how – to sink this nomination.

A charge that has nothing to support it has been leveled. It’s been talked about, witnesses have been interviewed, and the accuser and accused have testified. This doesn’t need another week.

Flake and Murkowski are suckers who have stumbled into the Democrats’ trap. I say call a vote anyway. Let’s see if Flake wants to singlehandedly prevent a conservative majority on the court.


Video || Sen. Jeff Flake Prevented From Getting on Senate Elevator by Protestors

Honestly, if I were him, this would make me try to sneak back around and vote for Kavanaugh twice.

Flake, Republican of Arizona, today announced his support for Brett Kavanaugh.

UPDATE: Well, it worked, he caved and is demanding an FBI investigation.



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Republican Senator Jeff Flake Will Vote To Confirm Kavanaugh

In a critical decision for the fate of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced he will vote to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

“I left the hearing yesterday with as much doubt as certainty,” Flake said in a statement. “What I do know is that our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence.”

Well, it used to.

He’s already getting grief for it. According to Politico:

Shortly after Flake issued his statement, he was confronted by female protesters who asked him how he could support Kavanaugh after the wrenching testimony of the day before.

As he tried to ride the elevator to the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, Flake mostly nodded and stayed silent as the women urged him to not vote for Kavanaugh.

“You have power when so many women are powerless,” one of the women said.

It’s more crucial that he didn’t vote “no” than that he voted “yes.” What I mean by that is that Kavanaugh still could have been confirmed, if Flake didn’t support him, if any two of the other undecided senators – Lisa Murkowksi, R-Alaska, Susan Collins, R-Maine, and a handful of red state Dems worries about getting reelected – backed him.

But Flake sits on the Judiciary Committee, which then would have voted Kavanaugh out unfavorably. That would have become a big psychological barrier. What’s more, Flake is pretty conservative, and his vote against would have given Collins and Murkowski cover to vote against Kavanaugh too, even though the only reasonable explanation for Flake’s no vote would have been that he hates Trump and Trump hates him.

So kudos to Flake for not letting his personal animus toward Trump get in the way of his principles. Unlike some Arizona senators.

The Judiciary Committee will vote a 1:30 pm ET. A vote on the Senate floor could come as early as this weekend.

Sanders: If Trump were Anyone Else, Media Would Trumpet his Success

Well, unless he was Ronald Reagan. But the point is well taken.

Sanders said today of Trump:

If he was anybody else, the media would be going on and on trumpeting his successes. We have the best economy we’ve had in decades. People are back at work. Things are going well for America, and we have a  president that is putting our country first. And I think that is something that should be celebrated, not mocked, not laughed at, and certainly not attacked every second of every day.

Sanders is in the video below. The video also notes that ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news coverage of Trump this year was 90 percent unfavorable. How does that not merit pushback from the White House? The media themselves have discredited their profession by being so biased. I’m not comfortable with the White House attacking the press, but what the media won’t tell you is that Obama did the same, only behind the scenes instead of in front of it.

Below is video of Sen. Jeff Flake bashing Trump for bashing the media and likening Trump’s commentary to that of Josef Stalin and comparing Nikita Khruschev favorably to Trump.

A president attacking the press is lamentable, but it has nothing to do with Josef Stalin, which shows a failure to understand Stalin. The media have been irresponsible and have brought this on themselves. But all they will do is attack Trump, and backed by people like Flake – who can’t even get the GOP nomination is his own state and has decided to stand down – will tell themsleves they are wonderful and nothing is wrong with how they operate.

Mainstream Media Gushes Over Jeff Flake

I love it. Sen. Jeff Flake, a friendly-style conservative Republican from Arizona, would be the bogeyman wrapped up in a nice guy Halloween costume for the media under normal circumstances. You know, he wants to hurt poor people, take away everyone’s health care, dispatch women to back alley abortions, the whole thing.

Except, of course, if he opposes President Trump. Then he’s a “principled” man.

H/T Washington Free Beacon.

Flake Won’t Rule Out President Run

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake’s emotional remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday condemning President Trump may also have been the kickoff to the Flake 2020 presidential campaign.

According to the New York Post:

“I won’t go there. That’s a long time away,” the Arizona senator told CNN, when asked if he or another Republican should oppose Trump in the next election. “It’s early. Time will take care of itself.”

In his remarks, Flake quoted Lincoln, referenced Madison, and cast himself as crusading to save the union from Trump. Sounds like someone who might be giving speeches in Iowa pretty soon.

Here is some video of Republicans and a couple of Democrats reacting to Flake’s retirement. As the Establishment closes ranks, only Rep. Mark Meadows, R-S.C., co-chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, notes the problems in Washington that caused the populist uprising that ended Flake’s Senate career.

Bannon Claims Another Scalp as Jeff Flake Decides Not to Seek Reelection

Under threat of an arduous primary challenge backed by Steve Bannon, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced Tuesday he will not seek reelection.

Flake’s decision to retire follows that of Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who stood down as polls showed him below 50 percent with Republican voters in his state. Bannon was recruiting a primary challenger to run against Corker.

The former chief Trump White House strategist now has helped pressure two establishment Republican senators to step aside and make room for candidates more favorable to Trump. Corker and Flake are perhaps Trump’s harshest critics among Republicans in the Senate.

Flake, like Corker, had been struggling in the polls. According to the Arizona Republic, Flake acknowledged that political concerns were driving his decision:

He told The Arizona Republic ahead of his announcement that he has become convinced “there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party.”

Flake said he has not “soured on the Senate” and loves the institution, but that as a traditional, libertarian-leaning conservative Republican he is out of step with today’s Trump-dominated GOP.

“This spell will pass, but not by next year,” Flake said.

During an emotional speech on the Senate floor, Flake assailed Trump. “I rise today to say, ‘enough.’ We must dedicate ourselves to making sure that the anomalous never becomes the normal.”

Flake’s decision comes just one week after Bannon hosted a fundraiser for Flake challenger Kelli Ward.