Sen. Jeff Flake Accuses Trump Administration of Being Like Stalin

Wednesday morning, Senator Jeff Flake, (R-AZ) delivered a strong retort to President Trump and his perceived attacks on the press in the United States. Speaking from the Senate floor, Flake accused the administration of behavior similar to that of the Russian dictator Joseph Stalin in the continued attacks on the constitutional protections regarding freedom of the press. Flake stated that even Nikita Khrushchev forbade the use of one of President Trump’s phrases to describe the press as “the enemy of the state.”

Flake’s assault on President Trump’s continued with saying that under Trump the truth “more battered and abused than at any time in the history of our country.” Flake stated that. “No longer can we turn a blind eye or deaf ear to those assault on our institutions, and Mr. President, and an American president who cannot take criticism, who must constantly deflect and distort and distract who must find someone else to blame, is charting a very dangerous path. And a Congress that fails to act as a check on the president adds to that danger. Now we’re told via Twitter that today the president intends to announce his choice for the quote, most corrupt and dishonest media awards.” The President had announced via Twitter that he was creating and giving an award to those in the fake media. The awards would be for the fakest story, fakest news channel and book.

Senator Flake went on to state that, “This feedback loop is disgraceful, Mr. President. Not only has the past year seen an American president borrow despotic language to refer to the free press, but it seems he has in turn inspired dictators and authoritarians with his own language. This is reprehensible.” Continuing Senator Flake asked that 2018 be the year in which “the truth takes a stand against power that would weaken it. In this effort, the choice is quite simple. And in this effort, the truth needs as many allies as possible. Together, my colleagues, we are powerful. Together, we have it within us to turn back these attacks, right these wrongs, repair this damage, restore reverence for our institutions, and prevent further moral vandalism.”

Senator Flake also asked the President why he continues to state that the Russian investigation into how they tried to influence the 2016 Presidential Election and continue today, saying that, “To be very clear, to call the Russia matter a “hoax” – as the president has many times – is a falsehood. We know that the attacks orchestrated by the Russian government during the election were real and constitute a grave threat to both American sovereignty and to our national security. It is in the interest of every American to get to the bottom of this matter, wherever the investigation leads.”

In ending his speech, Senator Flake, stated that “We are a mature democracy – it is well past time that we stop excusing or ignoring – or worse, endorsing — these attacks on the truth. For if we compromise the truth for the sake of our politics, we are lost.” As Senator Flake ended his comments, Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, stood and offered her support stating that “We need this protection of the First Amendment now more than ever.”

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