“That whole week commemoration of his life and his politics was just an additional reminder of stark differences that there are sometimes in politicians,” he said about the period after McCain’s death.
“I think we as a Republican Party certainly have got to get back to a kind of decency that has characterized the party for a while,” he added.
Flake said that while he doesn’t expect the president, who is 72 years old, to change, he is concerned about how he has transformed rhetoric on the right among voters.
“When you see him at a rally, the disturbing thing isn’t so much what he says anymore, it’s the cheers from people behind him and the chants of ‘lock her up’ for example, that’s just unseemly, and it does make me fear that it’s going to be a longer process to get out of this than it should be. But we will, we have to. Anger and resentment are not a governing philosophy,” he said.
Ohio Governor John Kasich, who ran for president in 2016, has also been floated as a potential Trump opponent in 2020. Nikki Haley is potentially a candidate for President or Vice President.
The new slogan of the GOP should be “anybody but Trump.”