Jeff Flake is not running for re-election so he can afford to speak his mind plainly. His assessment of the Republican party on Sunday was not cheery. The Hill:
“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,’ ” Flake said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“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,” he continued.
“The last thing we need is to push that ultranationalist, ethno-nationalist, protectionist kind of element of the party. That’s not good for us,” Flake said.
“I do worry, that in the future we’ll be faced with a President Trump running for reelection on one side, drilling down hard on a diminishing base, and on the other side you might have, you know, somebody like Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren on the far left of the Democratic Party,” Flake said.
“That leaves a huge swath of voters in the middle,” he added.
Flake said Trump is “certainly” inviting a challenge from an independent candidate, and is “probably inviting a Republican challenge as well.”