The enormity of the grievous mistake that The Republican Party made in allowing Donald Trump to be elected President under their banner is finally beginning to sink in with the more discerning members of their party.
The latest example of what senior Republicans are saying behind closed doors versus what they are willing to say publically comes in a comment caught on an open microphone that Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) didn’t realize was capturing his conversation.
According to a report by ABC News, Senator Flake was speaking with his friend John Giles, the mayor of Mesa, Arizona at a tax reform event in that town when the open mic caught him saying:
“If we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast.”
Sen. Flake has been amongst the rare Republican Senators who have been frequent critics of the President, and he has been especially liberated in his comments since his announcement that he will forgo a re-election bid, freeing himself from the pressure of fighting a primary battle against a more conservative Republican challenger.
The production crew from ABC affiliate KNXV also caught another overheard conversation between the two unaware politicians when their microphone caught Mayor Giles urging Flake to run against Trump in 2020:
“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, referring to Trump. “Anyway, I hope you do it.”
While Republicans may be starting to become aware of their disastrous situation under Trump, they still seem to believe that he’ll last in office long enough to mount a re-election campaign in 2020.
Let’s see how long it takes to disabuse them of that notion. Mr. Mueller?