Now that Mr. Sunday morning John McCain is slipping away with the exception of whichever staffer/family member controls his Twitter account, he has been replaced as a fixture on the Sunday morning blabfests by fellow Arizonan Jeff Flake.
The whiny Flake has become a go-to guy whenever the media needs a Trump-bashing soundbite even though his membership in the Never Trump movement rendered him about as popular as leprosy or pedophilia in his home state. Flake has become so hated by the voters that he isn’t even bothering to run for reelection.
But he remains a powerful voice in the Senate as the big push for a “Gang of Eight” style deal with the devil on flooding the country with illegal aliens is being hammered away at with the help of an expensive and hysterical smear and fear campaign about the poor children.
Like McCain, Flake has always been a snake and nowhere more so than the amnesty issue and this morning he slithered out on ABC’s “This Week” with longtime Clinton bootlicker George Stephanopoulos.
GOP Sen. Jeff Flake says Trump's rhetoric that Democrats don't want immigration reform is "bothersome": "When the president says that and calls them 'clowns' and 'losers,' how does he expect the Democrats to sit down and work with Republicans?" https://t.co/2AGIg96u5B #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/qIm4et9F4P
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 24, 2018
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that President Trump’s constant attacks on Democrats’ immigration views undermine efforts to broker a deal for reform on the issue.
“Congress has to fix this. And what’s bothersome is the president’s rhetoric about the Democrats and their unwillingness to have any type of border security or control,” Flake said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Flake, an outspoken GOP critic of the president, noted that Democrats have in the past voted to support billions of dollars in funding for border security enhancements, such as the 2013 “Gang of Eight” bill that ultimately failed to pass in the Senate.
“They are on record supporting significant border control,” Flake said. “And so, when the president says that and calls them ‘clowns’ and ‘losers,’ how does he expect the Democrats to sit down and work with Republicans on these issues?”
“Words matter, what the president says matters, and he ought to knock that off,” added Flake, who is retiring in January.
Flakey Flake is referring to President Trump’s opposition to the scam bills that are being hustled this week by marginal Republicans with their Democrat allies which he blasted as a waste of time.
Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November. Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2018
Here’s more of Flake’s whining via the transcript:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Are we beyond the point now where we can get comprehensive legislation? The president did send out that tweet saying it would be a waste of time for Republicans to work on immigration. It does appear to be a stalemate right now.
FLAKE: It makes it very difficult. It’s difficult in any event, right, in an election year where the president has decided to have this at the forefront of the Republican election strategy to paint the Democrats as soft of immigration. So, it seems very unlikely.
So — I mean, I don’t know how in the world we’re going to fix this in the short-term, given the Flores decision and given the lack of infrastructure, judges to process these claims. It’s really a big mess.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Clearly, the president was stung this week by those images of the families being separated, by the criticism he got. But we saw just last night again in Nevada, as you were pointing out, the president believe this is the issue that is going to lead to Republican victories, or stave off Republican losses, come November.
Well, that’s a tough case to make in Nevada, it’s as a tough case to make in Arizona, these are areas where we understand it’s a complex issue. And — just the kind of rhetoric about people being soft on the border, or soft on crime, you know, that only goes so far.
So I hope that — that Republicans run on something different.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You know, the — the only Republican president to have higher approval ratings at this point in his term, modern times, than President Trump was George W. Bush after 9/11. He seems to have really consolidated his hold over the Republican party, the Republican electorate. Has he redefined it?
FLAKE: Unfortunately yes. When John Boehner said the other day this is the president’s party, he was speaking the truth. The Mark Sanford loss clarified something if it wasn’t clarified before. You can’t, as a Republican these days, stand in — in — you know, in opposition to some of the president’s policies or — or not condone his behavior and expect to win a Republican primary. That’s the reality and then we’re seeing that played out.
Now, I don’t think that that will last, but — but that is the reality right now.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You say it may not last. Does that mean that you or someone else be prepared to challenge the president in 2020?
FLAKE: I’ve said many times I hope that somebody does in the Republican primary just to remind Republicans what it means to be conservative or Republican, that we believe in limited government, economic freedom, free trade, immigration. I hope that somebody does that.
The retiring senator is still leaving the door open to challenge Trump but the president’s approval ratings are rising and Flake couldn’t even get elected as dogcatcher in his home state.
For all of those who want to watch the establishment media die a prolonged and agonizing death, just turn on the boob tube on Sunday morning.