The Hillary Clinton and Kyrsten Sinema-endorsing Arizona Republic newspaper is in full-fledged grief mode as their amnesty-for-illegals promoter Jeff Flake gave his final speech before the U.S. Senate chamber Thursday.
The mournful gnashing of teeth is evident by the newspaper’s printing of the full text of Flake’s prepared remarks. Filled with self-serving pretentiousness and his own version of history, especially as it relates to his time spent in Africa where he lobbied as a registered foreign agent in D.C on behalf of a uranium mining company with ties to Iran. (A fact he obscured as he campaigned.) In his speech, he now claims he was drawn back to Africa (after serving a church mission there) to “evangelize for democracy and democratic values,” and “trying to ensure that Namibia emerged from the process of gaining its independence as a democratic country.”
He neglects to mention his generous $7,000+ per month salary — hardly chump change in 1990 — paid by Rossing Uranium for his efforts on its behalf. As a senator, Flake has received nearly $200,000 in quid pro quo contributions from mining interests and reliably voted against penalties on Iran.
While bashing President Trump, Flake also blurs the truth on why he’s leaving the U.S. Senate after a single term. It had everything to do with his bottom dragging 18% approval ratings in his home state. So unpopular, he is even unable to garner support in his hometown community of Snowflake, Arizona, named after his ancestors. Arizonans overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump for President, delivering all 11 electoral and the majority of the popular votes to him.
With his days numbered, as a member of the Judiciary Committee, egotist Flake has insolently continued to block President Trump’s federal judicial nominees, who will be stonewalled by the Democrats after January.
Referring to his initial senate speech, which he identifies as his “maiden” speech, Flake pompously concludes his self-serving finale with a few veiled, and then more blatant, gag-inducing jabs:
“I noted then that it was an affirmation to me of the tumultuous seas through which our ship of state has sailed for more than 200 years, with many brilliant and inspired individuals at the helm, along with personalities ranging from mediocre to malevolent. But our system of government had survived them all.
My colleagues, to say that our politics is not healthy is something of an understatement. I believe that we all know well that this is not a normal time, that the threats to our democracy from within and without are real, and none of us can say with confidence how the situation that we now find ourselves in will turn out.”
Then comes the politically expedient, waffler Flake’s near admission of an upcoming political defector gig on Trump-hating CNN or MSNBC:
“Over the past two years, I have spoken a great deal on that subject from this chamber, and there will be time enough later to return to it in other settings.”
A threat? A promise? Or both?