President Donald Trump hit back at Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) the morning after the senator gave a blistering address condemning the president.
“When the next generation asks us, ‘Why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up?’ What are we going to say?” Flake asked his fellow lawmakers.
Trump on Wednesday mocked Flake for acting “so hurt & wounded” and claimed that a lunch meeting he had with Republicans senators on Tuesday “was a love fest with standing ovations.”
The reason Flake and Corker dropped out of the Senate race is very simple, they had zero chance of being elected. Now act so hurt & wounded!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2017
The meeting with Republican Senators yesterday, outside of Flake and Corker, was a love fest with standing ovations and great ideas for USA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2017
Trump also took issue with Flake’s comment on Wednesday that he believed “a lot” of other lawmakers would also speak out.
Jeff Flake, with an 18% approval rating in Arizona, said "a lot of my colleagues have spoken out." Really, they just gave me a standing O!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2017
Flake had told The Arizona Republic on Tuesday that he doesn’t see a place for himself in the current Republican Party under Trump’s leadership.
“Here’s the bottom line: The path that I would have to travel to get the Republican nomination is a path I’m not willing to take, and that I can’t in good conscience take,” he told the newspaper.
Flake told CNN’s New Day on Wednesday that “you can be conservative on policy and it doesn’t matter as much as being with the president, or not criticizing him even if you think he’s wrong. I didn’t feel like I could move ahead and run a campaign that I could be proud of.”
Flake is the second Republican senator critical of Trump to declare he won’t be part of the 2018 race. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced in September that he will not seek re-election next year.
Trump also went after Corker following that announcement:
Senator Bob Corker "begged" me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said "NO" and he dropped out (said he could not win without...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.