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Flake defends free press from Trump's attacks

Flake defends free press from Trump's attacks

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., took to the Senate floor Wednesday to castigate President Donald Trump for his "assaults" on US media and to compare the president's words to those of a former Soviet dictator who slaughtered millions of his own citizens in a reign of terror.

Flake, a frequent Trump critic who has chose to retire rather than seek re-election this year, compared the president's use of words such as "enemy of the American People" to the "enemy of the people" phrase that Russian dictator Joseph Stalin used against his critics during his reign of terror.

In the speech, Flake compared Trump's words to those of infamous Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin. It should be noted that Nikita Khrushchev who followed Stalin, forbade its use, saying that was too loaded and that it maligned a whole group or class of people, and it shouldn't be done.

Earlier Wednesday, Flake accused Trump on the Senate floor of using "despotic language" about the press and said he has "inspired dictators and authoritarians".

"He has threatened to continue his attempt to discredit the free press by bestowing "fake news awards" upon reporters and news outlets whose coverage he disagrees with", Mr McCain wrote in the op-ed article.

"He's not criticizing the president because he's against oppression", she added. I don't think it is at all irresponsible for Senator Flake to point that out.

"We are a mature democracy - it is well past time that we stop excusing or ignoring - or worse, endorsing - these attacks on the truth".

"Here in America, we do not pay obeisance to the powerful".

Flake, a frequent critic of the president, assailed Trump's treatment of the media in a speech that coincided with Trump's expected announcement of his "fake news" media awards.

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Flake, who announced last year he is not running for re-election, criticized his GOP colleagues for not challenging what he described as Trump's "pernicious fantasies", citing as examples Trump's questioning of ex-President Barack Obama's birthplace and the president's unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud and rigging in last year's presidential election.

Speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, Arizona Sen.

He also has called Flake ineffective, "toxic" and weak on issues such as crime and border security.

"This alone should be a source of great shame for us in this body, especially for those of us in the president's party", he stated.

"In a speech today Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake said the president's description of the press is Stalinesque".

President Trump continually referred to the press as the "enemy of the people".

"To call the Russian matter a hoax, as the president has done so many times, is a falsehood", Flake warned.

While they share the same political party, Flake has often been critical of Trump.

Similarly, Arpaio told NBC News that Flake should "resign immediately".


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