Former Republican Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) penned an op-ed urging GOP lawmakers “to risk your careers in favor of your principles” by not supporting President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
Flake, in a Washington Post op-ed, warned that regardless of the outcome of the impeachment inquiry launched by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week, 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,” Flake added.
Flake acknowledged that coming out publicly against Trump’s 2020 bid would likely have political consequences.
“My fellow Republicans, it is time to risk your careers in favor of your principles. Whether you believe the president deserves impeachment, you know he does not deserve reelection,” Flake wrote.
“Trust me when I say that you can go elsewhere for a job. But you cannot go elsewhere for a soul,” Flake continued.
Flake said impeachment “now seems inevitable” and that “with what we now know, the president’s actions warrant impeachment” in the wake of a whistleblower complaint tied to Trump’s actions toward Ukraine.
“Although Article II, Section 4 is clear about remedies for abuse of office, I have grave reservations about impeachment. I fear that, given the profound division in the country, an impeachment proceeding at such a toxic moment might actually benefit a president who thrives on chaos. Disunion is the oxygen of this presidency,” Flake added.
“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,” Flake said. “We have failed each other, and we have failed ourselves. Let us stop failing now, while there is still time.”