Senator Jeff Flake may be retiring at the end of his current term, but the Arizona legislator seems to have no plans to go quietly.
In a fiery speech on the Senate floor delivered Tuesday, Flake took President Donald Trump to task over "personal attacks," the abrogation of conservative principles, "reckless provocations," and undermining stability across the globe.
Flake's remarks went on for several minutes, but the Arizona Senator did not deter from his key point: that his time in Congress is coming to an end largely because he has no love for the current Republican President, and that without reform, the Republican Party will continue its demise.
This spell will eventually break. That is my belief. We will return to ourselves once more, and I say the sooner the better. Because to have a healthy government we must have healthy and functioning parties. We must respect each other again in an atmosphere of shared facts and shared values, comity and good faith. We must argue our positions fervently, and never be afraid to compromise. We must assume the best of our fellow man, and always look for the good. Until that days comes, we must be unafraid to stand up and speak out as if our country depends on it. Because it does.
Flake will remain in office until his current term concludes in 2019.