Senator Jeff Flake has asserted that his fellow Congressional Republicans need to stand up against President Trump, citing “this crisis we’re in.”
During an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week” Sunday, the lawmaker said, “A lot of people—Republicans in the House and Senate—look at us with a 14 percent institutional favorability rating and long for the president’s 40 percent. So it makes it difficult for a lot of my colleagues…to say, ‘Hey, let’s stand up to the president.’”
“But we ought to more jealously guard our institutional prerogative in this crisis we’re in,” Flake added. “I think the judiciary has stood up well, the press has stood up well—in terms of institutions that balance—but the Congress has been lacking.”
He then suggested the Senate should fight, for example, against President Trump’s tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, adding, “If we don’t [push back], why are we there?”
The senator has been an outspoken critic of Trump resulting in the president blasting back by calling him “a Flake.”
According to a report by The Arizona Republic earlier this month, “Trump and Flake’s mutual antagonism resulted in Flake’s poll numbers cratering and led to his October decision to abandon his 2018 Senate re-election bid.”
Their friction aside, others in the media have also questioned Republicans’ lack of opposition to the president’s often controversial comments and decisions.
Flake is correct. The GOP is now 100% the party of Donald J Trump (Orange Monkey). That means white nationalism, children in cages, ignorance, juvenile name calling, Russia coverup and widespread corruption.
It is true that we can vote them out but you need to think really hard about who you will be voting in. That is how tRUMP became president. We need to get rid of all the lobbyists and the dumb 'A$$ESS'.
Congress and Senate can not change the rules when it suits them. This is not a game. Real people get hurt when politicians do the wrong thing. The Republicans stopped Obama from helping the country and now they are to scared to stop tRUMP from destroying it. The Democrats have no leadership and no real plan. They want to do the right things but don't know how. All of them on both sides are so worried about getting reelected that they won't do what needs to be done. For starters trump has to be stopped, by everyone.
The gutless congress will not do anything to arouse the ire of their tweeter- in-chief. They are afraid tRUMP would start his childish name calling tweeter attack against them & their fragile egos could not take that. There are 3 branches of government for a reason. They are suppose to provide checks & balances against a dictator want- to- be. Or, a leader that has gone senile.
There are 3 separate and equal branches of government and Congress has had the lowest rating of the 3 for about a decade. Congress had a 9% approval rating in 2013 so they're up 5 points since that exceptionally horrible historical low. You can't blame their low ratings in 2013 on Trump or their perpetually low ratings for a decade.
From inauguration 2009 to the end of Obama's first year, he lost 12 points. Reagan lost 15 points in his first year. Most presidents approval numbers drop in their first years. Trump's approval numbers in his first year went up.
This Congress? This Anti-American, Unpatriotic Congress that has knowingly worked o the detriment of the American People for almost 8 years now? They don't have what it takes to do anything in defense of America or the American people...that's why the amount of GOP trash that is retiring is at an all time high.
The approval rate has not been above 20% since the do-nothing congress held their secret meeting in 2009 to do nothing to help Obama nor the economy nor the American public.
With all due respect to Flake, why is it always the Congressman that are no longer running for office that want to call Trump out. Kind of says something about the spine of Congress doesn't it?
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