When asked about why he decided to go on this grueling trip, Flake had this to say:
"I did it mostly for physical exertion. I love Teddy Roosevelt's speech he gave on the strenuous life."
Flake said, ever since he left his childhood ranch, "I've felt like a pansy, I guess, and this made it feel like I was actually doing something again."
If you're scratching your head wondering what about that was offensive, good for you.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to Phoenix New Times's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Phoenix's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
However, some members of the PC Police would tell you that the word "pansy" has a negative connotation and Flake should apologize -- which he did.
In an e-mail to Politico.com writer Ben Smith, Flake spokesman Matt Specht responded to the criticism by saying:
"Congressman Flake didn't realize that that word can have a negative connotation," Specht wrote to Smith. "He simply meant 'wimpy.' He apologizes if anyone took offense to it."
Bending over and apologizing to a few pansies who found this offensive? Jeff Flake: Ultimate pansy.