Should the Republican Party abandon President Trump?
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Should the Republican Party abandon President Trump?

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Senator Jeff Flake unleashed a scathing indictment of President Trump, leading some to ask if the GOP is abandoning the president, whose approval ratings have hit new lows. John McCain mocked Trump for dodging the draft and Bob Corker called him an incompetent liar. But other Republicans remain loyal to their volatile leader: Paul Ryan, Steve Scalise and Marsha Blackburn are still staunch allies, and conservatives who break with Trump risk being primaried by loyalists. Should the GOP ditch Trump?

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Flake went nuclear on Trump from the Senate floor, and called on his Republican colleagues to do the same for the good of the country.

“When the next generation asks us, ‘Why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up?’ What are we going to say? 
Mr. President, I rise today to say, enough,” Flake said. “We have fooled ourselves long enough that a pivot to governing is right around the corner, a return to civility and stability right behind it. We know better than that. By now we all know better than that.”

But Republican members of Congress who turn on Trump do so at their peril. At least one-third of GOP primary voters identify themselves as “Trump Republicans” with that number reaching 40 percent in some states. Flake and Corker are retiring from the Senate, but congressional Republicans who want to keep their jobs may pay a serious price for expressing disloyalty.

Plenty of conservatives are outraged by Flake, Corker and McCain's disloyalty, and would happily say good riddance to them all. If it comes to choosing between the Republican Party or Donald Trump, many voters will remain fiercely loyal to the president.

Others say the only hope for the Republican Party is to abandon a toxic and unpopular leader.

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