Opinion: Corker, Flake are not listening to their constituents
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - There’s a dust up in Washington, D.C.
Senators Jeff Flake, of Arizona, and Bob Corker, of Tennessee, are using some very colorful language to attack the President of the United States, personally.
Both senators are retiring at the end of their current term. They’re not running for reelection in 2018.
There is no problem with sitting senators disagreeing with the President of the United States. That’s been happening since the founding of our republic.
An issue I do have, however, is with the notion that these two senators are now untethered, unencumbered by politics. Senators are elected to represent their constituents, to represent their home states.
Let’s take a look at where the beliefs of the home states of these two senators lie.
For Sen. Corker, his home state is Tennessee. The people of Tennessee supported the president by an over 25 percent margin in the 2016 election.
For Sen. Flake, the state of Arizona was carried by the president by an almost 5 percent margin.
So are these two senators continuing to represent their home state while they attack the president personally? I don’t think so.
I think they are doing it on their own, and that’s a problem.
Here’s the bottom line: politicians, elected officials, disagree with each other all the time. There is no problem with Sen. Corker, Sen. Flake, attacking the president, even personally. The issue comes in because these senators are no longer representing what their constituents want. And we know what they want because the American people speak at the ballot box.