Sen. Jeff Flake, R-AZ, said he wishes his party had done more to stop the “birtherism” conspiracy theory that revolved around the idea that President Obama was not a U.S. citizen when he first became President.
While Flake maintains he did enough personally to stand up to the bogus claims, he thinks his party should have done more.
“I wish we had, as a party would’ve stood up for example when the birtherism thing was going along,” the Arizona Senator said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “A lot of people did stand up, but not enough. That was particularly ugly.”
Flake added that “birtherism” isn’t the only conspiracy theory that Republicans should stand up against, saying his party should not let their rallies turn into an event calling for the jailing of their political opponents, a common situation at Trump rallies against Hillary Clinton.
“During rallies, when the chants, ‘Lock her up,’ we shouldn’t be the party for jailing your political opponents. And anybody at that rally, anybody at those rallies ought to stand up and say ‘That’s inappropriate, we shouldn’t be doing that,’” he said. “I wish we as a party and as elected officials would do more of that and when particularly ugly conspiracy theories come out or simply fake news stuff that is demonstrably false, we ought to stand up and say ‘Hey, that’s just not right.’”