Despite Criticism, Sen. Flake Says Not Thinking of Quitting GOP

Despite Criticism, Sen. Flake Says Not Thinking of Quitting GOP

In his latest string of criticism against his political party, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said he wishes his party had done more to stop the repeatedly debunked "birtherism" conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama is not a US citizen when it first emerged.

Sen. Flake has become one of the GOP's most outspoken critics of the president after publishing a book earlier this month in which he takes the party to task for supporting Trump's candidacy.

Todd inquired if Flake had done enough, to which he replied he believed "on that, I think I did", before turning to the cheers of "Lock Her Up" at Donald Trump rallies. "That was particularly ugly".

He tweeted in 2012 and in 2014 claiming Obama had a fake birth certificate and kept bringing up the issue as late as December 2015.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona said Sunday that he wished his party had spoken out against claims that President Obama wasn't born in America and to calls to jail Hillary Clinton at Donald Trump's rallies. "Anybody at that rally, anybody at those rallies, ought to stand up and say 'that's inappropriate, we shouldn't be doing that".

Mr Flake was also critical of Mr Trump throughout the presidential campaign, especially following the release of "Access Hollywood" footage that showed the then-candidate bragging about sexual assault.

He also reminded those who say the fact that the GOP controls the White House and both houses of Congress means the party is doing well, that "not long ago we had that, in 2006, and we lost it because, I don't think, we acted very conservative, with all the spending and everything else that went on".

The senator, who is promoting a new book "Conscience of a Conservative", said that "what is so broken about our politics is we just can't get together on the big things".



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