Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, said Sunday that he'd like to see a member of his party take on President Trump in the 2020 cycle.
'Well, all I can say is, I hope that somebody does challenge the president,' Flake said on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, adding that there is a 'crying need out there for some Republicans to stand up and say, this is not normal, this is not right.'
Flake, who announced his retirement in October – in part so he could become a thorn in Trump's side – said while he believed that Trump may look unbeatable now, a bruising 2018 midterm may be able to shake the Republican Party away from the president's grasp.
Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, said Sunday on CNN that he hoped a member of his party would challenge President Trump in 2020
'I'm not ruling it out, but I certainly am – I think the odds are long that I would do it,' Sen. Jeff Flake (right) told CNN's Jake Tapper (left) of his own presidential prospects
'Well, certainly right now, nobody would defeat the president, but, two years from now, we could have a completely different scenario,' Flake said. 'Nothing focuses the mind like a big election loss, and what might happen in the midterms is a big election loss.'
Flake noted how Rep. Charlie Dent, a retiring Pennsylvania Republican, called last Tuesday's likely win by Democrat Conor Lamb in what had been a safe GOP district a 'five-alarm fire.'
'And so, who knows what will happen, but it would be extremely difficult to defeat the president right now if the election were held in a Republican primary,' Flake said. 'This is the Trump party right