GOP Senator Jeff Flake Says #ByeFelicia, Announces He Won't Seek Re-Election, Denounces Trump

By: Kayla Pasacreta

Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced on the Senate floor today that he will not be seeking re-election. Flake has long been a vocal critic of Trump. This July he wrote an op-ed for Politico titled, My Party Is in Denial About Donald Trump. Since Trump's arrival in the political sphere, Flake has long called on his colleagues to denounce him and cut ties. They didn't. Flake has now responded by resigning from the Senate when his term is over.

Sen. Flake on the Hill last week, photo via  Getty Images

Sen. Flake on the Hill last week, photo via Getty Images

In a blistering speech on the Senate floor, Flake explained his decision. He started by saying the current state of the democracy is "more defined by our dysfunction than our discord," and continued to denounce Trump without even uttering his name. Instead, Flake expressed disappointment in "the conduct of some in our Executive branch,"

Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as telling it like it is when it is actually just reckless, outrageous and undignified...and when such reckless behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else. It is dangerous to our democracy.
— Senator Jeff Flake

Flake's strong words in regard to Trump are no surprise, but surely were powerful to deliver to his colleagues on the Senate floor. His decision to not seek re-election also comes after trailing Steve Bannon-backed Conservative Kelli Ward. Much like Trump, Ward has been deemed unelectable by many, but her lead in the polls may tell a different a story.

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