Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake delivered a brutal condemnation of Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Tuesday, saying the party's nominee neither can, nor should, win the election.
At a town hall event at the Tempe campus of insurance carrier Allstate, Flake slammed Trump's policies and tone, and has "little faith at this point that he will change," Politico reports.
"One, I don’t think he can win if he continues to run this kind of campaign," Flake said.
"And two, I don’t think he should win as he continues to campaign as he is, taking the kinds of positions he’s taking and the language he’s using."
Flake has been one of Trump's most vocal critics, recently calling out the nominee last week for not getting specific enough in his "regret" for offending some people.
"Only one in five voters under age 35 plans to pull the Republican lever," Flake said at the town hall event, Politico reports. "If we don’t change that, we consign ourselves to political oblivion in the future. And we have a candidate that is not reaching out but is instead finding new ways to offend just about every demographic we have out there."
"The implications will be far bigger than just losing the presidency in November," he said.
Afterward, Flake acknowledged his denouncement could cloud his own political future.
"If I wanted to sail through reelection, this has made that tougher, no doubt," he told reporters, Politico reports. "But there are a lot of people that appreciate somebody pushing back, too."
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