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Jeff Flake: ‘I Couldn’t Sleep at Night Having to Embrace’ President Trump

Senator Jeff Flake spoke to The Washington Post in an interview out today explaining his decision to not run for reelection and denounce President Trump so forcefully.

And as the Post report notes, Flake actually “held on” for a while because “he is a strong supporter of most of Trump’s policies and personnel decisions.”

But he still feels there is a “fever” in the GOP base that won’t break by next year:

[I]t was his disgust with Trump’s behavior that proved decisive in his decision to call it quits.

“I couldn’t sleep at night having to embrace the president or condoning his behavior or being okay with some of his positions,” he said. “I just couldn’t do it — it was never in the cards.”

He does think that Republicans run a risk by aligning themselves too closely to Trump, saying that anyone who “simply aligns themselves for the purpose of the primary with the president on every issue and basically contracts out any thinking on policy issues, and is willing to condone any behavior that the president exhibits — I think they put themselves at great risk in a general election.”

The President knocked Flake a bit this week and said his first impression

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