Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake announced his retirement from the Senate on Tuesday.
Flake spoke on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon in a lengthy speech that condemned President Donald Trump and called for more people to speak out against the president and the ongoing “fradulent” politics.
And, according to The New York Times, the speech “bore marks of Mormon faith.”
Flake, who grew up as a Mormon and attended Brigham Young University, told The New York Times that his Mormon beliefs and upbringing — including the hymn "Choose the Right" and the "practice of testifying in public at monthly meetings" — shaped his speech and his feelings about Trump.
“We are taught that we ought to stand up for what we know is right, and also to be decent,” Flake told The New York Times. “I hope I’m acting on the faith that I believe in.”
Steve Evans, a Salt Lake City lawyer who often writes about Mormons for the website By Common Consent, said that he’s not surprised that Flake and Mitt Romney, who is also Mormon, speak out against Trump.
“This is borne out of a strong sense of personal morality, but also out of a cultural sense of decorum,” Evans said. “Mormons are prudes both privately and publicly. But there is also strong scriptural teaching behind it all. The Book of Mormon warns the reader that America is a choice land, that we must be careful in choosing our leaders, and the judgments of God can come on a people that choose evil leaders. Religious teachings like these may be informing their worldview.”
Read more at The New York Times.