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Corker and Flake:
Blasting historic shockwaves through Washington, sounding alarm bells about President Trump

October 25, 2017




Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) delivering historic 18-minute speech Tuesday on the US Senate floor
Chronicle staff

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- It was a stunning, historic few moments that Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) delivered on the floor of the US Senate Tuesday during his 18-minute speech.

He said that the Republican Party under President Trump is now at risk of becoming a “fearful, backward-looking minority party," and that Trump's behavior in office so far is “dangerous to our democracy."

He also called on his fellow Republicans to denounce the president’s conduct, in essence sending out a call to arms to stand up and be counted during what he sees as a dangerous time for democracy in this country.

The talking heads on CNN said they'd never seen anything like it in recent history -- a respected, establishment Republican lawmaker who is also a serious and dedicated conservative, repudiating a Republican President as a danger to this country's democracy.

That was a shockwave no one on Capitol Hill expected.

In delivering that emotional speech on the Senate floor, announcing he won't seek reelection next year Flake, whom the Washington Post called "a totem of traditional conservatism" also noted, “It is time for our complicity and our accommodation of the unacceptable to end. Politics can make us silent when we should speak, and silence can equal complicity."

Flake's jaw-dropping comments came just hours after Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) questioned Mr. Trump's competence and stability to be Commander in Chief of this nation.

Corker, who's also the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has announced he too will not seek reelection in 2018.

Both men appeared to feel emboldened to speak their true minds on Trump and his Presidency, no longer having to be concerned about what voters back home would think or do.

Among other things Corker said that President Trump, will be remembered for the "debasement of our nation," that in 9 months Trump has not evolved into a competent President saying, "I've seen no evolution in an upward way. As a matter of fact, it seems to me it’s almost devolving.”

Corker's comments came in several TV interviews on morning news shows, in a hallway meeting with reporters and in a tweet.

Corker said it straight out that Mr. Trump was “utterly untruthful” and said Trump should get out of the way and let Congress formulate a tax plan without him.

Trump, he said, should “leave it to the professionals” to handle the North Korea nuclear crisis and urged aides around the President to “figure out ways of controlling him.”

Corker also said he wouldn't support Trump for election again.

The Washington Post called yesterday's one-two punch from Flake and Corker a "thunderclap" that "exposed the threadbare relationship Trump has with the GOP. At the closed-door lunch, Trump received a standing ovation from Republican senators. Yet for months, many of these lawmakers privately have seethed at the president’s actions and language, as Flake and Corker did publicly in concluding that Trump is an unstable presence in American political life."

The Post quoted Peter Wehner, a Trump critic who has advised several past Republican presidents as saying, “This is the ice beginning to crack. This is an extraordinary moment because the members of the president’s own party know that he is not fit in some fundamental way to be the president. These views that they’ve kept in the shadows are now being exposed to the light.”









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