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“The View” Reacts To Jeff Flake’s Speech Against Donald Trump, Debates Senator Not Running For Reelection (VIDEO)

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On Wednesday’s “The View,” the co-hosts reacted to Jeff Flake’s speech against Donald Trump. They also debated the senator’s decision not to run for reelection. Watch the video below.

Speaking on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Flake announced he will leave Congress when his term ends. In making his prepared remarks, the Arizona senator ripped Trump for his “personal attacks” and “threats against principles,” along for his “reckless disregard for truth” and “petty provocations.” He said at one point, “Mr. President, I rise today to say enough.” On the ABC talk show, Whoopi Goldberg kicked off the episode by noting they were all wearing orange to support an anti-bullying campaign. She then said, “Speaking of taking a stand against bullies…”

After showing footage of Flake’s speech, Goldberg asked her colleagues, “Is this good? Is this bad? Are people waking up?” Arizona native Meghan McCain responded, “Steve Bannon, this is a big win and a success for him.” Because Flake is an “ardent anti-Trumper,” “conservative media’s thrilled over this,” she said, explaining how this situation is a “lens into what’s happening to the Republican party.” After McCain pointed out that Flake was unpopular in his state, Sunny Hostin wondered if he’s not running again “because he couldn’t win, or is he really making that stand?”

McCain went on to assert that “‘Never Trumpers’ [like Flake] are being hunted right now” for not fully supporting Trump, and that such treatment affects her as well. “I am the conservative on this show, but I’m not a Trumper populist… I feel pressure all the time to defend him and defend his supporters,” she said, simply because they’re under her Republican “tent.” Joy Behar suggested that Flake’s decision could be beneficial for the left, arguing, “If all of the non-Trumpers leave, all you have left is the Bannon Trumpers. Then it’s the low-hanging fruit in the party, and the Democrats can come in and wipe the floor.”

Sara Haines, however, didn’t see it the same way, questioning why Flake, as a “good one,” leaving would help the in-government cause against Trump. Along those lines, Hostin asked, “Why not fight the good fight?” And McCain admitted that she’s disappointed he’s not sticking around. “I would hope Jeff Flake takes this on. I think it’s an important time to have him,” she said. So Hostin further wondered, “Is he a hero for what he said… or is he someone who should have stayed there? Should he have stayed there and fought?”

“Some people, that’s not what they do,” replied Goldberg, saying that Flake has an agenda that he’s “unable to [accomplish] because he’s fighting his own party and his rhetoric.” She added, “I don’t know him, [but] I salute him. I’ve been waiting for someone to say, ‘This swamp’s too mucky for me.'” But McCain countered, “It’s a big win for Trump.” Goldberg shot back, “It’s only a big win if your person gets in [to replace him]… You still have to win the next thing.” Check out the videos below.

 


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