Flake, a long-time critic of Trump who argued on Thursday that the Republican Party should not support Trump in 2020, was asked if it would be better for a Democrat to win the election if Trump is the Republican nominee ,
"Yes … and that notion, this narrative built on Donald Trump being the only one who can fold and win the electoral college, is just a fallacy," Flake said in a New York Ministry of Intelligence debate City. The organization calls itself an "impartial, nonprofit" group that holds debates to promote different views.
"I think four years is difficult enough to clarify the damage that has been done internationally to our role, to our leadership position, and we can not and should not stay four years," said the Arizona Republican.
Flake also turned to attacking the president in the policy debate, criticizing his positions on immigration and free trade and Trump's dealings with the media.
"The beginning of a trade war is not conservative," said Flake. "Conservatives have free trade when there is a defining, animating principle we have had in the party for generations, and the president has really thrown that overboard."
During the Q & A section of the debate, a member of the public Flake asked if he had any hope messages for anti-Trump Republicans when Trump wins the 2020 election.
"A message of hope, if it wins again, is that we have limited the presidential term to two, but that's a long time," joked Flake.