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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Trump v. Flake

Another example of how institutional interests create friction between congressional Republicans and Trump.  Out of personal pique, he is willing to put a marginal GOP Senate seat at risk.  Alex Isenstadt reports at Politico:
The White House has met with at least three actual or prospective primary challengers to Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in recent weeks, a reflection of Donald Trump’s strained relations with the senator and the latest sign of the president’s willingness to play hardball with lawmakers who cross him — even Republican incumbents.
Flake, a longtime Trump critic who refused to endorse the president during the 2016 campaign, is one of a handful of undecided Republican votes on the Obamacare repeal effort. He’s also one of the most vulnerable Republicans up for reelection in 2018.