Watch: Jeff Flake Was an ‘Incredible Disappointment’

What happened?

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) announced Tuesday that he will finish his term but won’t seek re-election in 2018. He took the opportunity to denounce today’s politics as “exalting in our worst impulses” and to say he would no longer be “silent or complicit,” which has been taken as a condemnation of President Donald Trump.

Key quote:

“The principles that underlie our politics, the values of our founding, are too vital to our identity and to our survival to allow them to be compromised by the requirements of politics because politics can make us silent when we should speak and silence can equal complicity. I have children and grandchildren to answer to.

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“And so, Mr. President, I will not be complicit or silent. I’ve decided that I would be better able to represent the people of Arizona and to better serve my country and my conscience by freeing myself of the political consideration that consumed far too much bandwidth and would cause me to compromise far too many principles.”

(You can read Flake’s full remarks here.)

Glenn’s take:

Glenn didn’t shed many tears for Flake’s retirement announcement. He listed multiple times that Flake has failed conservatives by not fighting for limited government.

“Conservatives had great hope for him,” Glenn said. “He was a Tea Party guy, and he was an incredible disappointment.”