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GOP senator: Trump is 'inviting' a 2020 primary challenge

Christy Curtis | 26 August, 2017, 01:00

Two endorsements on syndicated conservative talk radio aren't likely to have a huge impact on an election nearly a year away, but they are a marked shift in the far-right's willingness to publicly challenge figures who are supported by Senate leaders like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee Cory Gardner, both of whom have publicly backed Flake.

In effect, Trump's rhetoric on Tuesday amounted to an implicit warning about the wrath of a substantial sector of the Republican voting base should any party leaders seek to isolate or reject the President. The mayor of Phoenix asked the president to hold off staging a campaign rally in his city following the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Although Trump didn't pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who long terrorized undocumented families, reports suggest it's coming.

While President Trump stated this showed the border wall was working, Senator Flake said they were actually replacing the old landing strip fencing in the area with an actual fence, as it was too opaque to see through. He's also up for re-election in 2018 and is one of the most at-risk seats for the GOP midterms. "He's representing his own self-interest", said Gene Klund. "He's not representing, in my opinion, the people of Arizona". Flake said, naming the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, deregulation and tax reform as examples. Trump and Flake have recently exchanged words, with the president saying he is "not a fan of" Flake.

But the next morning, the president took to Twitter to name Flake.

"Nobody wants me to talk about him. And I think Flake has added to the swamp, and I'm sorry to say that", Bollwinkel said.

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The Arizona Republican Party said it was told Trump would visit the border during this week's stop in Arizona, but it was later removed from the president's schedule. "I hope we can modernize the agreement but keep it in place", he said.

Flake's Senate seat is one of just two that Democrats think they stand any chance of taking in 2018 in what is otherwise expected to be a challenging election for Senate Democrats. "We have KKK. I got 'em all", Trump complained.

Last week, the president tweeted that Flake is "WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate".

First there was this infamous tweet.

In a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto one week after Trump was inaugurated, the US president acknowledged that both leaders were "in a little bit of a political bind" because each had vowed not to pay for the wall, according to a transcript of the call published earlier this month by The Washington Post.

"I will not mention any names", Trump said. "You know I gave a little cheer for that as well".

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