>> We must never regard as normal the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals.>> They're on their way out, and they're not holding back.>> To debase our county.>> Two retiring Republican senators unload on President Trump on a day that was supposed to be about party unity and tax reform.
I'm Manny Sullivan in Washington where one Republican Senator, Bob Corker, all but calling Trump a liar on national television. And another Arizona Republican, Senator Jeff Flake, calling him reckless, outrageous, and undignified from the floor of the U.S. Senate.>> It is time for our complicity and our accommodation of the unacceptable to end.
>> All this on a day when Trump traveled the Capitol Hill for lunch, in a bid to build momentum for his tax plan, but his visit seemed to have the opposite effect. The party's divisions on display more than ever, raising questions about whether the chaos and finger pointing will derail their effort to overhaul the nation's tax code.
>> Reckless.>> Less than an hour after Trump broke bread with Republicans in the Senate, Flake dropped a bombshell, announcing he would not run for re-election, and delivered a blistering critique of Trump, using language that's rarely heard in the Senate.>> A notion that one should stay silent as the norms and values that keep America strong are undermined.
And as the alliances and agreements have ensured the stability of the entire world are routinely threatened by the level of thought that goes into 140 characters. A notion that we should say or do nothing in the face of such material behavior is a historic. And I believe profoundly misguided.
>> Flake's thunderbolt came hours after Corker shook Washington by saying Trump was debasing the nation with, quote, constant non truths.>> It appears to be governing model of this White House to purposely divide.>> Trump and Corker had been tangling for weeks ever since the Tennessee Republican announced he would not run for re-election.
Trump firing back on Twitter saying the two term senator and former mayor couldn't be elected dog catcher without his endorsement.>> I don't know why he lowers himself to such a low standard and debases our country in the way that he does, but he does.>> But don't expect many others to join this revolt.
After all Trump remains popular with conservative voters in part because he willing to criticize members of his own party.>> So most GOP lawmakers are trying to avoid this fight, stay focused on tax reform. They're counting on Trump to help, but on this day in Washington, many are wondering how.