President Donald Trump is in a no-win situation, and it’s all of his own making.
On Tuesday, while in Phoenix for his ambling, rambling rally, Trump met with two majorRepublicans, according to Politico: Jeff DeWit, the state treasurer and Robert Graham, a former GOP state chairman. Both men are reportedly mulling a primary challenge to incumbent Sen. Jeff Flake, who has been a leading Trump target since last year:
The Great State of Arizona, where I just had a massive rally (amazing people), has a very weak and ineffective Senator, Jeff Flake. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2016
Recently, the president has toyed with the idea of backing yet another primary challenger to Flake, Kelli Ward. He floated this idea on Twitter, of course.
Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He’s toxic!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
Phoenix crowd last night was amazing – a packed house. I love the Great State of Arizona. Not a fan of Jeff Flake, weak on crime & border!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2017
“Trump checkmated himself,” Republican strategist Melissa Salas Blair told Salon. “He’s looking at a chessboard and there’s no other moves. Now all he can do … is just throw the chess pieces back in the air.”
Ward has already started to move against Flake, with Trump’s tacit support. On Friday, her campaign launched a web ad in which Ward says she’s calling out Flake for being “weak” — after showing a clip of Trump…
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