Trump Tears Into Flake Over His Hot Mic Comment

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Nov 20, 2017 8:30 AM
Trump Tears Into Flake Over His Hot Mic Comment

President Trump slammed Sen. Jeff Flake Sunday over comments he made during a hot mic moment.

“Sen. Jeff Flake(y), who is unelectable in the Great State of Arizona (quit race, anemic polls) was caught (purposely) on “mike” saying bad things about your favorite President,” Trump tweeted. “He’ll be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is “toast.”

At a tax-reform event on Saturday, Flake was heard on a hot mic saying the GOP is “toast” if it becomes the party of Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. 

"If we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast," Flake told his friend Mayor John Giles of Mesa.

Giles piled on, encouraging Flake to challenge Trump in the primaries.

"I am not throwing smoke at you, but you are the guy — just for fun, think about how much fun it would be — just to be the foil, you know, and point out what an idiot this guy is," Giles said. "Anyway, I hope you do it."

Trump and Flake have been outspoken critics of each other for months. In a speech last month announcing he would not be seeking re-election, Flake called Trump’s behavior as commander in chief “reckless, outrageous, and undignified.” He also took aim at Trump in his book “Conscience of a Conservative.”

The president, in turn, has held nothing back in his attacks against Flake, referring to him as “toxic” and criticizing him for being weak on the border and crime. 

As for Trump's claim about how Flake will vote on tax cuts, a spokesman for the Arizona senator told the Washington Examiner he "is still reviewing the tax reform bill on its merits. How he votes on it will have nothing to do with the President."