Jeff Flake, the former senator of Arizona urged Republicans to pull their support of Donald Trump in the upcoming 2020 presidential elections.
Flake penned an op-ed for the Washington Post which was published on Monday. He titled the op-ed “Fellow Republicans, there’s still time to save your souls.”
Flake made the decision not to run for reelection after he became highly critical of Donald Trump throughout his first two years in office. Flake figured his criticism of Trump would cost him the election.
The 56-year-old former lawmaker states that he believes Trump’s actions are worthy of impeachment, but he has “grave reservations” about taking the step, including making Trump even stronger in the “chaos.”
“If the House decides against filing articles of impeachment, or the Senate fails to convict, Senate Republicans will have to decide whether, given what we now know about the president’s actions and behavior, to support his reelection,” Flake wrote. “Obviously, the answer is no.
“My fellow Republicans, it is time to risk your careers in favor of your principles. Whether you believe the president deserves impeachment, you know he does not deserve reelection,” he continued. “Trust me when I say that you can go elsewhere for a job. But you cannot go elsewhere for a soul.”
Back in March, Flake stated that he would prefer a Democrat win the 2020 election than have Trump serve another term. Flake has ruled out a primary challenge to Trump earlier this year, despite widespread rumors that he would attempt to unseat Trump.
Flake wrote in his op-ed that not supporting Trump’s reelection effort an “easy decision,” but noted that though “the president’s actions warrant impeachment,” he has “grave reservations about impeachment.” Last week, House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump for his communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The White House has released a partial transcript of the phone call between Trump and the President of Ukraine. It also released the whistleblower complaint that alleges that Trump abused his power “to solicit interference” from Ukraine in the upcoming 2020 election and that the White House tried to cover it up. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.