Former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) made a big spectacle out of himself last year when he publicly renounced President Trump on the Senate floor, announced he wasn’t running for reelection, and generally threw a tantrum – even comparing the president, at one point, to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. While that baby fit had little to no influence on public opinion, much less the direction of the Republican Party, Flake returned again this week to try once more to flex his powers of persuasion.
On Monday, Flake announced he was joining a new group called “Republicans For Biden,” the latest in a long series of sad NeverTrump efforts.
To promote his betrayal, Flake appeared on Fox News on Monday where he ran into some tough questions from host Martha MacCallum, who asked him to name one “actual policy” of Biden’s that he supports. MacCallum wondered how a lifelong Republican like Flake could support a guy whose agenda would make him “the most progressive president in history.”
“I think, if you look at Joe Biden’s record, he’s not been that,” Flake replied. “This is a primary that he has just been through. He also said he would work with Republicans – that’s not a popular thing to say in the Democratic primary, but he did.
“He’s a creature of the Senate,” Flake continued. “He knows how to compromise. He knows how to work across the aisle and I’m confident he will do that in the future.”
MacCallum drew Flake’s attention to the First Step Act, a piece of criminal justice reform legislation that Trump pushed Congress to pass in 2018.
“The president was actually able to sign that into law,” MacCallum noted. “We had eight years of the Obama-Biden administration and they did not take action on that. So why support Joe Biden over President Trump?”
“I voted for that while I was in the Senate,” Flake said. “Joe Biden has been supportive of criminal justice reform. We passed the bipartisan immigration bill that appropriated $20 billion for border security. That was when President Obama and Joe Biden were in the White House. We did that in the Senate. I’ve been supportive of many of the things that the president has pushed.”
MacCallum asked him if his opposition to Trump really just came down to the president’s character.
“It’s not just that,” Flake insisted. “Republicans have traditionally been for free trade. The president is very much a protectionist. The Republicans have stood for strong American leadership. He canceled the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, if anything, would have helped keep China in check by allowing countries, particularly in southeast Asia, to go somewhere else for their trade.”
Well, that’s highly debatable at best, and if Flake thinks China is out of control now, just wait until they get an apologist puppet like Joe Biden in the White House.
Truth is, Jeff Flake is an old-school Republican in the sense that he would rather see the party lose control of the country than be “mean.” A preponderance of these sorts of Republicans is exactly why Trump was elected the first time. Maybe they’ll come back into fashion someday, but we surely doubt that day is today.