Outgoing Republican Senator Jeff Flake (Ariz.) blasted President Donald Trump Wednesday during a commencement address at Harvard Law School, accusing Trump of debasing the office of president and chiding Congress for failing to stand up to him.
Flake has been a critic of Trump from the very beginning of his presidency, often earning him a spot in the president’s early morning tweet storms.
[I]n his remarks to law school students, Flake also attacks his congressional colleagues in sharper terms. He told students Congress "is failing its constitutional obligations to counteract the power of the president" at a critical moment in the nation's history.
"Our 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," Flake said, according to prepared remarks obtained by CBS News ahead of the speech. "And our Article I branch of government, the Congress (that's me), is utterly supine in the face of the moral vandalism that flows from the White House daily."
Flake added that America’s enemies “doing their worst” could not hurt us more than we are hurting ourselves."
The retiring senator said, “We may have hit bottom.”
He urged the students "to make sure that this degradation of democracy does not continue – to see to it that our current flirtation with lawlessness and authoritarianism does not become a heritable trait to be passed down from this presidency."