During the Presidential election, one senator emerged as the elected Republican most fiercely opposed to Donald Trump’s candidacy.
He was Arizona Senator Jeff Flake.
And now Flake is in major danger of losing his job.
Flake was a go-to source for the media looking to sow dissension in the Republican ranks because of his propensity to hurl anti-Trump broadsides.
Flake opposed Trump because of his policies to stop illegal immigration and halt migration from countries tied to terrorism.
He even went so far as to publically say he could not vote for Trump.
The Weekly Standard reports:
“On Sunday, Senator Jeff Flake told CNN’s Jake Tapper that if the election were held today he would not vote for Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump.
Flake also said he wasn’t impressed with Trump’s immigration speech.
“Well, it was a pretty remarkable speech, in that it just really doubled down on a lot of the rhetoric that he has used before, and it really didn’t explain with any clarity where he’s going to move ahead in the future. It simply went back to some of the positions he has taken.”
Tapper cited polls, noting that for the first time in a long time, Arizona could go for a Democrat in a presidential election this year. While Flake believes “Arizona should still be a red state,” he argued that it’s possible Trump’s rhetoric leads to a Clinton win this year. “Donald Trump, with the rhetoric that he has used and the characterizations of, you know, many of the state’s population, have put the state in play.”
Flake also reiterated his call for Republicans to distance themselves from Trump. “We cannot, for the future of the party, be associated with this kind of message, and with this kind of tone and tenor. It’s just—it’s not good for the party.”
Flake’s predictions were proven ridiculous when Trump not just won Arizona – but the general election as well.
Now he could pay a steep price.
New polling shows him losing in the Republican primary to Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWitt and in a statistical tie with former state Senator Kelli Ward, who ran a stronger than expected primary challenge to John McCain in 2016.
Remington Research already polling 2018 #AZSEN race
— David Catanese (@davecatanese) November 17, 2016
Opposing Trump was poison to the GOP senatorial candidates’ political careers.
Incumbents Mark Kirk, Kelly Ayotte and Congressman Joe Heck – who was running for Harry Reid’s vacant seat in Nevada – all lost their re-election after announcing they would not support the GOP nominee.
Flake could be the next anti-Trump Republican to lose at the ballot box.
Besides opposing Trump, Flake has angered conservative activists with his liberal voting record.
He is one of the Senate’s stronger supporters of amnesty and was a key member of the Gang of Eight.
In 2013, Flake also voted “yes” on allowing debate to proceed on Obama’s national gun registration.
Because Flake opposed the grassroots by rebuking Trump, he is the Republican incumbent most likely to draw a primary challenger.
And in a tense confrontation in July, Trump told Flake he would campaign for his defeat in his election.
Now that he is President, Trump is unlikely to wade into a primary.
Opposition to Trump has proven to be a career killer for Republicans.
Will it end Jeff Flake’s career in Arizona?
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