Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (R) is no fan of Donald Trump. It also seems that he is no fan of Trump’s version of his own party, either. Taking to the airwaves to speak truth to power as he often does since he is not running for his seat in the United States Senate again, Flake said of Trump’s party, specifically mentioning the crowds at Trump rallies:
“When you look at some of the audiences cheering for Republicans, sometimes, you look out there and you say, ‘those are the spasms of a dying party.'”
“When you look at the lack of diversity, sometimes, and it depends on where you are, obviously, but by and large, we’re appealing to older white men and there are just a limited number of them, and anger and resentment are not a governing philosophy.”
Of Trump himself, Flake says:
“I do believe if the president is running for reelection, if he continues on the path that he’s on, that that’s going to leave a huge swath of voters looking for something else, who are unwilling to go where the president’s going unless he changes course.”
Well, Jeff Flake is correct. However, it is my belief that the GOP has to have a personal reckoning within their own party. Do they ever stop to think that perhaps it is their bigoted policies that make them so repulsive to anyone not straight, white, and Christian? Do they ever stop to think that their racist gerrymandering and crackdowns on voting rights might be a problem for people of color and our allies? Do they ever ponder the question of whether or not their constant efforts to turn America into a Christian theocracy might anger those who believe in equality and freedom for people of all faiths, and those of no faith?
Perhaps they should think of the message it sends when they funnel money to overt racists and prop up people like Jeff Sessions ( R- AL), Steve King (R-IA) and other overt bigots? Maybe they should realize that Black America will not soon forget that they got the man who for FIVE FUCKING YEARS did all he could to delegitimize the nation’s first African American president in the most racist terms imaginable.
Yes, your party is dying, Senator Flake. Trump is a symptom, but the bigoted moral rot that is the Republican Party and has been for at least forty years is the problem. Therefore, it’s time for you and others to ponder the above questions, or you will never be a party that reflects the beautiful diversity of America.
Watch Flake’s remarks below, via ABC:
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