GOP's Flake to retire, speech takes aim at Trump

Published: Oct. 24, 2017 at 3:46 PM EDT
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Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, has announced he won't run for re-election in 2018. In a speech on the Senate floor that appears aimed at President Donald Trump, Flake criticized the "flagrant disregard of truth and decency" that he says is undermining American democracy.

Flake says, "There are times we must risk our careers. Now is such a time."

Flake has criticized the path that the Republican Party has taken under Trump. Flake says the impulse to "threaten and scapegoat" threatens to turn America and the GOP into a "fearful, backward looking people."

Flake was trailing in polls against a conservative challenger.

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