Aug 24, 2017

Flake: Trump is "inviting" a 2020 primary challenge

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Sen. Jeff Flake told Georgia Public Broadcasting on Wednesday that President Trump is "inviting" a 2020 primary challenge because of "the direction he's headed right now," per CNN.

  • His quote: "I think he could govern in a way that he wouldn't. But, I think that the way that — the direction he's headed right now, just kinda drilling down on the base rather than trying to expand the base — I think he's inviting one."
  • Why it matters: Flake is up for re-election in 2018, and has been one of Trump's most vocal critics from within the party. Trump has gone after the Arizona senator, calling him "weak" and "toxic" on Twitter, and tweeting out support for one of Flake's 2018 challengers, Kelli Ward.
  • One more thing: Politico reported that before Trump's Phoenix rally, he met privately with two potential Flake challengers, Arizona Treasurer Jeff DeWit and former state GOP Chairman Robert Graham.

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Minneapolis unrest as hundreds protest death of George Floyd

Tear gas is fired as police clash with protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd outside the 3rd Precinct Police Precinct in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Tuesday. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Minneapolis police used tear gas during clashes with protesters demanding justice Tuesday night for George Floyd, an African American who died in police custody, according to multiple news reports.

Driving the news: The FBI is investigating Floyd's death after video emerged of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck for several minutes, ignoring protests that he couldn't breathe. Hundreds of protesters attended the demonstration at the intersection where Floyd died, per the Guardian.