Former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) condemned the Senate’s acquittal of former President Trump in an op-ed published Monday, calling the vote the final “normalization” of a president who should never be considered normal.

In the op-ed published on, the Arizona Republican wrote that his own party should have voted to convict Trump and bar him from running for federal office, writing: “We didn’t convict him. We should have, but we didn’t.”

“Let’s not compound the grievous injury to the country and our party by continuing to embrace him, for Trumpism is the opposite of conservatism. We all know that, too. There is nothing to gain by making a pilgrimage to Florida,” Flake continued, apparently referring to the recent visit by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). “There is no enlightened mystic at Mar-a-Lago — just a diminished man who lost an election and couldn’t accept it.”

Flake continued, adding that “the vote to acquit [Trump] is the final act in the normalization of a President whose behavior was not normal, can never be acceptable, and culminated in a monstrous assault on American democracy.”




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