Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz) delivered a very emotional retirement speech on the senate floor today condemning “flagrant disregard of truth and decency” in politics today, stating, “heaven help us.”

Notable Quote: “We must stop pretending that the degradation of politics in our executive branch are normal, they’re not normal… it’s reckless, outrageous, and undignified… it’s dangerous to our democracy.”

More Quotes from Flake: 

  • “Mr. President, I rise today to say, enough.”
  • “We have fooled ourselves long enough that Trump… will return to civility… We know better than that.”
  • “When we remain silent… because we might alienate the base… we dishonor our principles and forsake our obligations.”
  • “If I am critical it is not because I relish criticizing the president of the U.S. If I have been critical it is because I feel an obligation to do so… the notion that we should say or do nothing in such mercurial behavior is misguided and ahistorical..”
  • “We must never accept…personal attacks, threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions.”
  • We cannot continue to “call true things fake and fake things true.”
  • “I have children and grandchildren to answer to, and so Mr. President, I will not be complicit or silen

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Flake:

  • Flake is “a man of integrity, honor, decency and commitment.”
  • “I have seen Jeff Flake stand up for what he believes in knowing full well there will be a political price to pay.”

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