'A Horrible Day for Democracy': Jeff Flake Blasts McCabe Firing, Encourages 2020 Primary Challenge to Trump
Sen. Jeff Flake ripped the Trump administration's decision to fire FBI official Andrew McCabe and echoed another Republican's warning that the special election loss in Pennsylvania was a "five-alarm fire" for the GOP.
Flake (R-Ariz.) recalled how the firing of McCabe -- who had served as deputy director of the bureau until January -- was lauded by Trump as a "great day for democracy."
Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018
"I think it was a horrible day for democracy," Flake told CNN, warning that Congress will not accept more key firings, including any potential dispatching of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 18, 2018
"I hope that somebody does challenge the president [in 2020]," he said, adding that a Pennsylvania Republican who is also critical of Trump called the party's recent loss in a special election there a "five-alarm fire."
Rep. Charlie Dent of Allentown said Saturday that, 300 miles to his west, Rick Saccone's apparent loss to Democrat Conor Lamb in the race to replace Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) had to do in part with the "toxic political environment we find ourselves in."
Host Jake Tapper noted that Flake spoke Friday at a famous gala in New Hampshire's largest city that is popular with politicos seeking to make a name nationally ahead of the state's first-in-the-nation primary.
Flake said his appearance at the Politics & Eggs Breakfast in Manchester was not a campaign announcement, but more an opportunity to speak to Americans about his concerns with the current political scene.
"People want to remember the Republican Party as 'the decent party' and it's not [that] right now," Flake told Tapper. "There is a crying need out there for some Republicans to stand up and say 'this is not normal - this is not right'."