Jeff Flake, a GOP senator representing the red state of Arizona, wades into the charged United States political debate. In this slim volume, Flake argues that President Donald Trump hijacked the Republican Party and conservative values with his populist policies and caustic rhetoric. Trump responded to Flake’s criticism by launching insults, calling Flake “weak” and “toxic.” Flake’s book shares a title with a 1960 work by conservative avatar Barry Goldwater. This current tome landed on The New York Times’s bestseller list, gaining appearances for Flake on television news shows and earning Trump’s derision. Some commentators initially saw Flake’s call for smaller government and a nicer tone as little more than self-serving fantasy, though that line of thinking muted when he announced that he wouldn’t run for re-election in 2018.
About the Author
The junior US senator from Arizona Jeff Flake is a fifth-generation Arizonan who served in the House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. He lives in Mesa with his wife and five children.