Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake will compare President Donald Trump to former leader of the USSR Joseph Stalin in a Wednesday speech, excerpts of his speech indicate.
— Ed O’Keefe (@edatpost) January 15, 2018
“Mr. President, it is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own President uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies,” Flake will say on the floor of the Senate, noting Trump’s past reference to the media as “the enemy of the people.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
“When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn’t suit him ‘fake news,’ it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press.”
Flake has repeatedly criticized the president throughout the 2016 campaign and his first year in office. The Arizona senator announced in October he would not seek re-election in 2018 saying he “will no longer be complicit or silent” on Trump’s “reckless, outrageous and undignified” behavior.