On Monday, President Donald Trump kicked off the Republican National Convention by accepting his party’s nomination. While Trump has the overwhelming majority of GOP members behind him, there are a few who are abandoning him for the other side.
One of them is former Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who announced that he would be throwing his support behind former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Now, as the president of the United States, he has said, and I quote, the only way we’re going to lose this election is if the election is rigged,” Fox News quoted Flake as saying.
Flake questions Trump’s leadership
“What kind of president talks like that?” the one-term former senator demanded. “What kind of American leader undermines confidence in the elections in his own country?”
“It’s part of his strategy to hold power,” Flake continued. “This is extraordinarily dangerous to a free society, and it stands to inflict lasting damage to our democracy.”
“The president’s behavior has not and will not change,” he insisted, adding, “And whatever else you call the behavior I have just described, it is not conservative.”
Flake went on to damn Trump’s conduct as an “embarrassment to the office” and worried that children might be tempted to “emulate his behavior.”
In contrast, Flake had warm words of praise for Biden, calling the veteran Democrat a “good and decent man” who “will approach the constitutional role with the reverence and dignity it deserves.”
“I haven’t always agreed with him, and there will be many policies on which we will disagree in the future,” the former Arizona senator admitted. “And that’s okay.”
Kasich speaks at DNC
Flake isn’t alone, as the Washington Examiner published a list of other Republicans who are joining him in pledging to vote Democrat this November. One of them is former Ohio governor and 2016 presidential candidate John Kasich, who appeared as a speaker last week at the Democratic National Convention.
“I’m a lifelong Republican, but that attachment holds second place to my responsibility to my country,” Kasich said. “That’s why I’ve chosen to appear at this convention. In normal times, something like this would probably never happen, but these are not normal times.”
RINOs who are content to hand over America to the socialist left in exchange for a facade of “decency” may be persuaded by the likes of Flake and Kasich. The rest of us will not.