Sen. Jeff Flake wants someone to challenge President Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020.
“I do hope that somebody does run in the primary against the president,” the Arizona senator told C-SPAN on Friday. “I think Republicans need to be reminded of what conservatism really is, and what it means to be decent.”
Mr. Flake said that every senator considers a presidential bid, but that he isn’t seriously thinking about it.
The Republican senator, who is not running for re-election, has challenged the president repeatedly over the past year.
“I fear for the future of the party if we don’t remember who we really are,” he said.
Mr. Flake said there is “no doubt” the GOP is the president’s party right now. For him, what Mr. Trump says at his rallies is not as “disturbing” as the cheers his controversial comments elicit from the crowd.
“Anger and resentment are not a governing philosophy,” Mr. Flake said. “And ultimately voters will value those who can govern and those who can treat each other with respect.”