President Trump ought to have a establishment challenger in 2020 who believes in free trade, limited government and economic freedom, stated disgraced and outgoing Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.
“I do,” Flake of Arizona responded Sunday when asked if Trump needs an opponent from the establishment.
“It would be a tough go in a Republican primary. The Republican Party is the Trump party right now. But that’s not to say it will stay that way, ” he stated.
Flake, a frequent Trump critic, is retiring from the Senate because he stated his traditional conservative views and temperament aren’t accepted within the age of Trump.
“I couldn’t be reelected in my party right now,” Flake informed NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Trump has already introduced his 2020 slogan – “Keep America Great!” – in a wide-ranging speech in Saturday in Pennsylvania where he additionally bashed the media, touted new tariffs on metal and aluminum imports and recommended imposing the death penalty on drug dealers.
“We should never normalize this kind of behavior, particularly from the president of the United States,” Flake stated. “So I think it does real damage long term to the political culture. It really does.”
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has also kept the door open to a presidential primary challenge.
“All options are on the table,” Kasich told CNN last week, “both for me in my private, my professional life. But I want to keep a voice, because I think it’s important, whether it’s trade, immigration.”