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GOP Sen. Jeff Flake prefers Democratic president who restores civility over Trump

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks on the Salt Lake Chapter of the BYU Management Society’s 4th Annual Moral & Ethical Leadership Conference on the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Jeff Flake would like a Democrat within the White House who works to deliver decency to politics and acknowledges the distinctive feature of compromise over President Donald Trump.

“If there is a Democrat who would restore those values, yes,” the Arizona Republican mentioned Friday according to a reporter’s query.

“I don’t think we can ever say ‘my party, right or wrong.’ Some of the positions that the president has taken and some of the behavior he’s exhibited I think are not conservative and shouldn’t be Republican,” Flake instructed the Deseret News.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks on the Salt Lake Chapter of the BYU Management Society’s 4th Annual Moral & Ethical Leadership Conference on the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

Flake, a vocal critic of Trump, spoke to the BYU Management Society in Salt Lake City. He is a BYU graduate and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns the Provo-based college.

Last yr, Flake, who is not looking for re-election, wrote a $100 test for Democratic Alabama Sen. Doug Jones in his race towards Trump-endorsed Republican Roy Moore.

Flake, 55, mentioned he worries concerning the route of the Republican Party, and can proceed to talk out after he leaves place of business in January.

“I do hope that somebody does run in the primary against the president. This is his party right now, that’s plain. But it won’t always be. Two years from now I hope it gives way to someone else,” he mentioned.

He discussed Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse as conceivable GOP challengers.

As for working for president himself, Flake mentioned he has now not dominated it out, “but that’s not in the plans.”

Referencing the speech he gave after deciding to not run once more, Flake mentioned Americans can not settle for as customary the ongoing degradation of politics and the habits within the government department.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Cheryl Flake, spouse of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and the senator talk with pals after Flake spoke on the Salt Lake Chapter of the BYU Management Society’s 4th Annual Moral & Ethical Leadership Conference on the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

“Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused in countenance as telling it like it is, when it is actually just reckless, outrageous and undignified,” he mentioned.

Flake mentioned when that habits comes from the highest of the federal government, it is “dangerous to a democracy.” He mentioned it does not mission power however a “corruption of the spirit” and a “moral vandalism.”

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks on the Salt Lake Chapter of the BYU Management Society’s 4th Annual Moral & Ethical Leadership Conference on the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

After his speech, Flake mentioned he is not amongst the ones who consider Trump’s habits warrants impeachment. He mentioned he hopes “for the country’s sake” Congress does not pass that route as a result of it will result in an never-ending cycle of looking to disqualify fighters somewhat than defeat them on the poll field.

Flake shared a number of non-public tales about civility and the loss of civility in politics.

During a Senate debate on his modification to raise the U.S. go back and forth ban to Cuba, a Republican colleague — many Republicans adverse the measure — mentioned all Flake sought after to do was once drink mojitos at the seaside. A Democrat moved to have the remark from the report.

When Flake requested why he did that, the senator spoke back, “Aw, Flake. I know you’re Mormon. I know you don’t drink. I was just protecting your honor.”

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Jeff Flake greets attendees sooner than talking on the Salt Lake Chapter of the BYU Management Society’s 4th Annual Moral & Ethical Leadership Conference on the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

That roughly magnanimity around the aisle is uncommon within the “shirts and skins” atmosphere of Congress, Flake mentioned.

Flake, who served 12 years within the House sooner than profitable the Senate seat, has heard vitriol from his personal celebration for merely being great to Democrats.

When former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords attended her first State of the Union speech after being shot, Flake sat subsequent to her and helped her stand all over former President Barack Obama’s “applause” strains, making him the lone Republican on his ft in a sea of Democrats.

Flake mentioned he gained “furious” textual content messages from fellow Republicans.

“They didn’t see it as a kind gesture. They saw it as consorting with the enemy,” he mentioned.


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A congratulatory tweet to Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine on being selected as Hillary Clinton’s working mate in 2016 additionally drew Republican wrath that Flake described as “unhinged, irrational fury.”

“That is the kind of conditioned response we have to a shattered politics,” Flake mentioned.

Flake mentioned he would have appreciated to serve every other time period within the Senate however now not within the present atmosphere.

“I think sometimes pendulums do swing, and sometimes with a vengeance,” he mentioned. “I do think in the end this fever will break and we’ll be ourselves again.”

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