By Josh Colver
It is no secret that Senator Jeff Flake and President Trump don’t see eye to eye on very much. Flake has, over the last few months, been very critical of President Trump. Flake authored an op-ed at the end of July calling out Republicans that made excuses and are in denial about President Trump. President Trump has fired back at Flake on twitter calling him “weak on crime & border.” Today Flake announced on the floor of the Senate that he would not be seeking reelection in 2018 for his seat in the Senate. Significant surprise has met this from everyone, and great pleasure has come from Trump supporters.
The Republicans hate and dislike for Jeff Flake underlines a significant problem I see with many Republicans today. Many people have been fooled into the idea that you are for someone 100% or you are entirely against them. If you say Trump did something wrong then you are in league with Hillary Clinton and the entire left and your only goal is to destroy him personally. In politics today personal loyalty is superior to allegiance to policy or principle. This is why Jeff Flake is in an awkward place with Trump. Flake refused to go along with bad policy, or dumb strategy it didn’t matter that Trump was the one was in favor of it. This needs to be a roadmap and an example for everyone in politics. We have to call balls and strikes on President Trump. Everything he does is not great, and everything he does is not wrong. The truth is President Trump has spoken in favor of lots of ideas on the left and the right. What I urge everyone to do is this: establish and find out what you believe and then look at what Trump does and according to what you believe, look at it through those lenses. If you like what Trump is doing say so, it doesn’t matter if you’re on the right or the left. If he does something that you don’t like call him out on it regardless of partisan politics. Trump as a man has nothing to do with the policy he pursues.
This same principle also should be applied to character as well. If someone does something awful and deplorable, it shouldn’t be less evil depending on what political party they belong too. If Bill Clinton sexually assaulting someone is terrible then Donald Trump saying that “you grab them by the p****” is also wrong too. Excusing someone's actions because it’s politically profitable is how our republic will crumble. I urge everyone regardless of political affiliation to think about this as we discuss Senator Flake.