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Arizona Senator Jeff Flake On Trump: This Isn't The Republican Party

U.S. Congress
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Jeff Flake

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake says he’s concerned about the future of the Republican Party if it continues to be associated with Donald Trump. The drama of election season dominated a town hall with the senator in Phoenix on Friday.

This isn’t the first time Flake has spoken out about Trump. At the event, the Republican said the position he’s taking on the matter isn’t an easy place to be.

"But I think that somebody has to push back and say this isn’t the Republican Party," he said. "If we don’t, I think that we’ll consign ourselves to political oblivion."

Flake said he will not be voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton either. When asked if he would vote for a presidential candidate at all he said, "You can always write somebody in."

The senator also addressed questions on immigration policy. He said if Republicans do lose the White House, he hopes they’ll take another look at issues like comprehensive immigration reform.


Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.