Flake again slams Trump, this time for ‘treasonous’ description of Democrats

By Dan Nowicki | The Republic

Sen. Jeff Flake, one of President Donald Trump’s most persistent GOP critics, returned to the Senate floor Tuesday to give Trump another tongue-lashing, this time for joking that Democrats who didn’t stand and applaud during his State of the Union address were “treasonous.”

Flake, an Arizona Republican who is retiring this year after he finishes his first Senate term, reminded Trump that “words matter” and that “respect is earned not commanded.”

“Have we arrived at such a place of numb acceptance that we have nothing to say when a president of the United States casually suggests that those who choose not to stand or applaud his speech are guilty of treason? I certainly hope not,” Flake said during his four-minute speech.

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