Ari Fleischer Calls Jeff Flake’s Departure a Win for ‘Trump and Steve Bannon’


As GOP Senators Jeff Flake joins Bob Corker in announcing plans to not seek reelection, Ari Fleischer is declaring a victory for President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, and the nationalist wing of the party.

The former George W. Bush White House press secretary explained that the loss of the current Tennessee and Arizona junior senators proves that Trump and his brand of populism have helped “chase” establishment sentiment out of the GOP.

Fleischer voiced his concerns in a Fox News appearance today:

I don’t know how you can look at the events today not declare that Donald Trump won and Steve Bannon won. The people they like least, the establishment organizations and people inside the Republican Party, are not running for reelection because Donald Trump has helped chase them out of the party. Go back in time, to the primary [with] 16 candidates, many of them cut from the same cloth as Corker and of Flake, couldn’t compete with Donald Trump. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump got 80% of all Republican votes cast in that primary, the establishment candidates got less than 20% from the beginning to the very end. So now you are seeing that manifestation play out in the Senate.

The communications pro went on to say that he doesn’t understand why Flake and Corker are leaving, rather than staying in the Senate to battle Trump. Additionally, Fleischer said that if they both feel so “fervently about standing up to fight” the president, then they should stay run for reelection to try and “move Republicans to your direction but instead of fighting they yielded.”

“I think it’s a victory for Donald Trump,” he concluded.

Watch above via Fox News.

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