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3 key quotes from Jeff Flake’s Washington Post opinion piece

Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post. Here are three big quotes.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks with reporters on his way to the senate chamber, as the Senate takes up a House-passed bill that would pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall and avert a partial government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018.
Jose Luis Magana, Associated Press

Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post, published Monday, in which he says President Donald Trump — regardless of what happens with the impeachment proceedings — isn’t reelected in 2020.

Flake, who represented Arizona from 2013 to 2019, is a noted Trump critic, having had back-and-forth spouts with the president since the 2016 election. Flake has been long considered an establishment Republican.

Here are three key quotes from Flake’s opinion article that are worth reading:

  • “If the House decides against filing articles of impeachment, or the Senate fails to convict, Senate Republicans will have to decide whether, given what we now know about the president’s actions and behavior, to support his reelection. Obviously, the answer is no.”

  • “At this point, the president’s conduct in office should not surprise us. But truly devastating has been our tolerance of that conduct. Our embrace of it. From the ordeal of this presidency, perhaps the most horrible — and lasting — effect on our democracy will be that at some point we simply stopped being shocked. And in that, we have failed not just as stewards of the institutions to which we have been entrusted but also as citizens. We have failed each other, and we have failed ourselves. Let us stop failing now, while there is still time.”

  • “Our country will have more presidents. But principles, well, we get just one crack at those. For those who want to put America first, it is critically important at this moment in the life of our country that we all, here and now, do just that. Trust me when I say that you can go elsewhere for a job. But you cannot go elsewhere for a soul.”

Read more: Jeff Flake: Fellow Republicans, there’s still time to save your souls (The Washington Post)