Morning Digest: Trump comes just shy of endorsing a primary challenge to Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake

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AZ-Sen: In between offering passionate defenses of Nazis, Donald Trump found some time to weigh in on another favorite topic: Jeff Flake. Trump has always hated Arizona’s junior senator because Flake has had the temerity to occasionally criticize him, which to the permanently rageful Trump means Flake has to be destroyed. To that end, Trump inserted himself directly into Flake’s re-election campaign on Thursday, tweeting, “Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He’s toxic!”

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“Flake Jeff Flake.” *smacks forehead* Why didn’t we think of that! The real flake, though, may be Trump himself. A report a day earlier in the Washington Times said that Trump was going to endorse state Treasurer Jeff DeWit at a rally next week in Phoenix. That could yet happen, but Politico reports that DeWit allies were “surprised” by Trump’s tweet. (How are they not used to this kind of shit already, though?)

But while Trump’s remarks fell somewhat short of an outright endorsement of Ward, whom most Republicans consider a very weak challenger, backing DeWit would be a bit awkward, too, because he hasn’t actually announced a campaign yet. And maybe he never will: DeWit “laughed off” the Washington Times story, according to the Arizona Republic. And he certainly doesn’t sound eager to serve in the Senate, saying, “What I like about being treasurer of Arizona is I see my family every night because it’s a 30-minute drive to get home.”