Jeff Flake Continues to Ding His Own Party: GOP Must Be ‘More Welcoming’ On Immigration


After a busy week of slamming President Trump, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has continued his criticism of Republicans by demanding the party become “more welcoming” on the issue of immigration.

The Arizona senator’s comments came during an interview on CNN’s The Situation Room after Wolf Blitzer asked Flake “has your party left you?” — a reference to a line President Ronald Reagan used when describing his departure from the Democratic Party.

Flake reaffirmed his commitment to the GOP, but added that he was “concerned lately [by] populism” and that the politics that won Trump the election are “not a real governing philosophy.”

Additionally — in a comment that is sure to inspire angry tweets from Breitbart readers — Flake referenced the reality of globalism, saying, “We have globalized as a world. Certainly it’s happened, and the question is do we latch onto it and harness it, or are we left behind by it?”

“The immigration package put forward last week I think is in the wrong direction… cutting legal immigration in half is not the right direction we need to go as a country,” added Flake.

Flake’s critique of the GOP’s immigration stance is a response to the RAISE Act put forward by Sen. Tom Cotton and Sen. David Perdue, which aims to cut legal immigration in half. The bill has received immense support from the president and many of his supporters.

While on a tour touting his new anti-Trump book, Flake’s attacks against his own party have included saying he will “stand up” to oppose the White House, scolding the GOP for not stopping the Barack Obama birther conspiracy, and bashing the president’s populism.

Flake’s party dissent, however, isn’t winning him any popularity contests, as he is now at just an 18 percent approval rating in Arizona.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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Caleb Ecarma was a reporter at Mediaite. Email him here: Follow him on Twitter here: @calebecarma