Jeff Flake Lambastes Trump for ‘Assault’ on the Press: ‘Uses Words Infamously Spoken by’ Stalin

It didn’t take long for Senator Jeff Flake’s speech denouncing President Trump’s attacks on the press to invoke Stalin.

Previews of the speech made clear Flake would be making this comparison, and today he very directly said this:

“2017 was a year which saw the truth… more battered and abused than at any time in the history of our country at the hands of the most powerful figure in our government. It was a year which saw the White House enshrine ‘alternative facts’ into the American lexicon as justification for what used to be simply called ‘old-fashioned falsehoods.’ It was a year in which an unrelenting daily assault on free speech was launched by the White House… ‘The enemy of the people’ was how the President of the United States called the free press in 2017. 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.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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