Sen. Jeff Flake on Sunday called for a Republican to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020, conceding it’ll be “a tough go.”
In an interview on NBC News’ “Meet The Press,” the Arizona Republican, a frequent critic of the president, was asked if he thought Trump “needs to be challenged from somebody who espouses your views.”
“Yes, I do. I do,” he replied. “I mean, it would be a tough go in a Republican primary. The Republican Party is the Trump party right now. But that’s not to say it will stay that way.”
“I do think the president will have a challenge from the Republican Party, I think there should be,” Flake added. “I also think that there will be an independent challenge, particularly if the Democrats insist on putting somebody up from the far left of the party.”
The retiring Arizona senator may be in the primary mix himself.
“I’ve not sworn off elected office in the future. I think the fever will have to cool,” Flake said in an interview with David Axelrod on “The Axe Files.” “There’s not much place for a Republican like me in a party like this right now. I know that.”