GOP Sen. Jeff Flake prefers Democratic president who restores civility over Trump


SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Jeff Flake would prefer a Democrat in the White House who works to bring decency to politics and recognizes the virtue of compromise over President Donald Trump.

“If there is a Democrat who would restore those values, yes,” the Arizona Republican said Friday in response to a reporter’s question.

“I don’t think we can ever say ‘my party, right or wrong.’ Some of the positions that the president has taken and some of the behavior he’s exhibited I think are not conservative and shouldn’t be Republican,” Flake told the Deseret News.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks at the Salt Lake Chapter of the BYU Management Society’s 4th Annual Moral & Ethical Leadership Conference at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

Flake, a vocal critic of Trump, spoke to the BYU Management Society in Salt Lake City. He is a BYU graduate and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns the Provo-based university.

Last year, Flake, who isn’t seeking re-election, wrote a $100 check for Democratic Alabama Sen. Doug Jones in his race against Trump-endorsed Republican Roy Moore.

Flake, 55, said he worries about the direction of the Republican Party, and will continue to speak out after he leaves office in January.

“I do hope that somebody does run in the primary against the president. This is his party right now, that’s plain. But it won’t always be. Two years from now I hope it gives way to someone else,” he said.

He mentioned Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse as possible GOP challengers.

As for running for president himself, Flake said he has not ruled it out, “but that’s not in the plans.”

Referencing the speech he gave after deciding not to run again, Flake said Americans can’t accept as normal the continued degradation of politics and the conduct in the executive branch.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Cheryl Flake, wife of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and the senator speak with friends after Flake spoke at the Salt Lake Chapter of the BYU Management Society’s 4th Annual Moral & Ethical Leadership Conference at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

“Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused in countenance as telling it like it is, when it is actually just reckless, outrageous and undignified,” he said.

Flake said when that conduct comes from the top of the government, it’s “dangerous to a democracy.” He said it doesn’t project strength but a “corruption of the spirit” and a “moral vandalism.”

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks at the Salt Lake Chapter of the BYU Management Society’s 4th Annual Moral & Ethical Leadership Conference at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

After his speech, Flake said he’s not among those who believe Trump’s behavior warrants impeachment. He said he hopes “for the country’s sake” …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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