An Arizona Republican mayor firmly planted his foot in his mouth Friday when a hot mic caught an anti-Trump comment at a tax reform event.
Mesa Mayor John Giles referred to President Donald Trump as “an idiot” while trying to convince Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to run against him in the 2020 election.
“Think how much fun it would be just to be the foil, you know, and point out what an idiot this guy is,” Giles said. The comment came just after Flake commented on President Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
“If we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast,” Flake remarked.
The comment was captured by Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV at the tax reform town hall event and President Donald Trump used Twitter to respond.
Sen. Jeff Flake(y), who is unelectable in the Great State of Arizona (quit race, anemic polls) was caught (purposely) on “mike” saying bad things about your favorite President. He’ll be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is “toast.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
Flake decided earlier this year not to run for re-election in a droning speech highly critical of Trump in which he said that politicians “must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal.”
Mayor Giles previously spoke out against Trump’s cancellation of the unconstitutional DACA program.
“Our residents who have received support from DACA are hardworking Americans who have graduated high school, gone to college and have made a positive impact on this country,” he said in a joint statement with other pro-DACA mayors.