Sen. Jeff Flake is not letting the door hit him on the way out. As a matter of fact, he is tearing the door out, smashing it into small pieces and using it to light a fire.
Flake took to the Senate floor today to deliver an incendiary speech, rebuking President Donald Trump for his tendency to demonize the “fake press” and citing the damage that does on a global scale.
The Arizona Senator made his case by framing it around Trump’s alleged reliance on dishonesty, something he called “disgraceful.”
Flake did that by quite literally listing out many major Trump untruths, starting with the size of his inauguration crowd, and moving on to his adherence to the fact that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, among others.
“Also not trivial, are the equally pernicious fantasies about rigged elections and massive voter fraud, which are as destructive as they are inaccurate,” he said.
The Senator, however, saved what is perhaps considered to be the biggest untruth for last, the repeated attempts by the Trump administration to paint Special Counsel Robert Mueller as some kind of bad faith actor in the Russia investigation, indicating that it puts our intelligence network at risk.
“To be very clear, to call the Russian matter a hoax, as the president has done so many times, is a falsehood,” he said. “It is in the interest of every American to get to the bottom of this matter wherever the investigation leads. Ignoring or denying the truth about hostile Russian intentions towards the United States leaves us vulnerable to future attacks.”
Flake also noted that “there has not been a single cabinet level meeting regarding Russian interference and how to defend America against these attacks.”
Finally, the outgoing Senator warned that Trump’s words and actions could work to embolden dictators throughout the world, setting an example in painting the media as “enemy of the state.”
In other news, “The Most Dishonest and Corrupt Media Awards of the Year” will be held tonight, as previously announced by the actual president, a point Flake said “beggars belief.”
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