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Sen. Jeff Flake Denies Thinking About Leaving GOP Over Trump: ‘I’m a Proud Republican’

During an interview on NBC News’ Meet the Press this morning, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) discussed his recent criticism of President Donald Trump and his latest book, ‘Conscience of a Conservative.’

In support of his book, which takes aim at the president and his impact on the GOP and political discourse, Flake has been making the media rounds of late, speaking out against his party’s “unnerving silence” on Trump. This has led to quite a bit of criticism from many on the right.

At one point in his MTP interview, Flake was asked by host Chuck Todd if he had thought about leaving the Republican Party, specifically because his book seems to be just as much of an indictment of Republican leadership as it is of Trump.

“No. No. Not at all,” Flake noted. “I’m a proud Republican — life-long Republican. And I’m from Arizona. Arizona tends to elect independent-minded people and people who stand on principle.”

Todd would then confront Flake on his conservative voting record, pressing him if he’d move away from voting on his ideological principles to stop Trump. After the GOP lawmaker defended voting for Trump’s agenda and Cabinet picks, Todd stated that this sounded like someone who is still trying to “tiptoe” around the issue.

Watch the clip above, via NBC News.

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