Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), an ardent critic of President Donald Trump, is readying a scathing speech for the Senate floor this week wherein he will compare the president’s persistent attacks on the press to that of 20th-century Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, according to a new report.
In an excerpt obtained by CNN, Flake slams the president for deeming the news media the “enemy of the people,” blasting his comments as “an assault as unprecedented as it is unwarranted.”
Flake goes on to compare Trump to Stalin, stating:
Mr. President, it is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by [Joseph] Stalin to describe his enemies. It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase “enemy of the people,” that even Nikita Khrushchev forbade its use, telling the Soviet Communist Party that the phrase had been introduced by Stalin for the purpose of “annihilating such individuals” who disagreed with the supreme leader.
According to the report, Flake will look to deliver the speech Wednesday.
The Arizona Republican, who’s emerged as a considerable thorn in Trump’s side over the president’s first year in office, announced his retirement from the Senate back in October 2017, delivering a rousing floor speech.
“Mr. President, I rise today to say, enough,” Flake said. “We must dedicate ourselves to making sure that the anomalous never becomes the normal. With respect and humility, I must say that we have fooled ourselves for long enough that a pivot to governing is right around the corner. A return to civility and stability right behind it. We know better than that.”
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