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WashPost: Flake Criticism of Trump is Right, but Silence by GOP 'Overpowering'

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By    |   Wednesday, 25 October 2017 10:14 AM

The Washington Post praised Sen. Jeff Flake R-Ariz., for speaking out against President Donald Trump, but questioned why GOP leaders and most of his colleagues were remaining silent.

In an editorial, the Posted noted: "Sen. Jeff Flake an Arizona Republican, delivered an address to the U.S. Senate Tuesday that was profoundly eloquent in its diagnosis of the degradation that President Trump has brought to American politics.

"It was also profoundly depressing. If Republicans can be honest only after they have taken themselves out of the political arena — or if by being honest they disqualify themselves from future service — then their party and therefore the nation are in even graver trouble than we knew."

It noted Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who like Flake is not running for re-election, has joined him in speaking up.

"A few others have shown some courage at times: Mr. Flake's fellow Arizonan, the indomitable John McCain; the independent-minded Susan Collins of Maine; Alaska's Lisa Murkowski," the newspaper said. "But given that Mr. Flake's fellow Republicans privately agree with much of what he had to say, the silence from his leaders and most of his colleagues is overpowering."

It called on Republicans conservatives to stand up to Trump's "noxious politics."

"But they have to do more than that," the Post said. "They have to fashion an agenda and a political style that can compete successfully in primaries against Trumpism. Until they do, all the eloquence in the world will not be enough."

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The Washington Post praised Sen. Jeff Flake R-Ariz., for speaking out against President Donald Trump, but questioned why GOP leaders and most of his colleagues were remaining silent.
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