By now most of us have heard Jeff Flake’s weak stab at witticism claiming that he can’t attend the Republican National Convention because he needs to “mow his lawn.” This boycott is Flake’s arrogant posturing to unequivocally send his message of contempt for Donald Trump. Flake doesn’t approve of Trump’s messaging and tone, so he takes to public forums to publicly chastise the Republican presidential nominee. Flake accuses Trump of racism for stating that he will build a wall along our southern border and has called for a moratorium on unable to be vetted refugees from terror sponsoring nations.
Closer to home, Jeff Flake fails miserably in the scolding department.
When it comes to racism and Flake, his son Tanner was the indisputable champion offender. In 2013 teenage Tanner was the subject of our post “Generational Flakes.” The younger Flake was exposed for his online spew of vile anti-black and Hispanic, anti-Semitic, and homophobic slurs. BuzzFeed has more here including the offensive screen name Tanner used in online games.
For his vulgar rants, there was no woodshed or even a pretense of one for the arrogant punk. Jeff Flake apologized for his son, teaching him that getting off easy is easy when your dad is a U. S. Senator. Tanner may have apologized to his parents for the negative publicity, but never publicly took responsibility for this hate filled rhetoric.
His weak cover-up doesn’t make Jeff Flake a racist. Just a self-absorbed flake who let an important teachable moment pass.
Jeff Flake’s parenting failures are legend. Another son, Austin, who along with his then-wife Logan, bore the responsibility of caring for the dogs kenneled at the dog boarding facility owned by her parents Todd and MaLeisa Hughes, vacationing in Florida. Under the young newlyweds less than watchful supervision 23 family pets died horrific heat-related deaths. Austin and Logan are magically off the hook, while the Hughes have been sentenced to jail time.
After the younger Flake’s indictment mysteriously vanished, they have the raw nerve to sue the taxpayers of Maricopa County for $8 million for the damage they say was done to their formerly pristine reputations.
Not a word from Papa Flake who will long remember the kindness of Houdini Montgomery, the obliging Maricopa County Attorney, who cut the Flake’s loose.
When Jeff Flake comes up for reelection next year, conservatives should take a page from the Arizona junior senator‘s book, and be too busy “mowing our lawns” to cast a ballot for him. He deserves the same cold shoulder he and his mentor John McCain are giving Donald Trump by not showing up at the Republican National Convention and undermining the GOP candidate.