Jeff Flake Goes After Trump in Commencement Speech — This Is What the ‘Bottom’ Looks Like
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) heavily criticized President Donald Trumpduring an address at Harvard Law School’s graduation ceremony, calling this what “bottom” looks like.
Flake told graduates that the presidency “has been debased by a figure who has a seemingly bottomless appetite for destruction and division and only a passing familiarity with how the constitution works.”
The senator, who is not seeking reelection, said that in his opinion, the Founding Fathers couldn’t have imagined “that the beauty of their invention might someday founder on the rocks of reality television.”
He added that America’s biggest enemies doing their worst “couldn’t hurt us more than we are hurting ourselves.”
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Flake, who introduced the segment by addressing there was “good news,” explained that the good news is that although leadership is awful, it probably can’t get worse.
“This is it, if you have been wondering what the bottom looks like,” he said and in lines with a medical metaphor he made, added that America is in “critical condition.”
Flake told graduates that the poor condition of the United States was “thoroughly man-made” and implored them to make sure the “degradation of democracy does not continue.”
“To be clear, we did not become great — and will never be great — by indulging and encouraging our very worst impulses,” the senator said. “It doesn’t matter how many red caps you sell.”
Flake has been a vocal critic of Trump, including claiming that he’s “inspired dictators and authoritarians with his own language.”
Following the commencement, Flake told CNN’s Wolf Blitzerthat Congress needs to “reclaim our constitutional prerogative” and stood by his belief that Trump has debased the presidency.