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Trump’s Taunts Highlight Flake’s Nightmare Scenario, Blind Party Loyalty

August 23, 2017​

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump’s veiled and direct shots at Arizona Senator Jeff Flake highlight the nightmare scenario the vulnerable incumbent now faces.

Not only will Flake have to win a difficult primary by appealing to Trump-minded primary voters and brandishing his lockstep support for Trump’s agenda, he’ll then have to explain to independent-minded general election voters why he buckled to Trump’s threats and happily fell in line with his party’s agenda to take away health care from Arizonans without a replacement plan.

EMILY’s List Executive Director Emily Cain released the following statement:

“Arizona women will not only hold Senator Jeff Flake accountable for his deciding vote to take health care coverage away from hundreds of thousands of Arizonans, but also for blindly following Donald Trump and the Republican Party out of fear of losing his seat. Arizonans will remember Flake's spinelessness in next year’s election.”

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