What ‘Republican’ Senator Just Did to Trump on Senate Floor Is Inexcusable

It’s excellent news for America that Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona will not seek re-election in November.

He has duped his constituents for years. He knows he would lose.

Flake might have a decent chance at re-election if he ran as a Democrat, though. A little sad.

During a speech before two senators on the Senate floor, Flake slammed President Trump for “moral vanadalism.” That wasn’t all, though.

Check out Flake’s latest dig at 45, where he bashes the president for his Stalinist tactics against the press…

From The Hill:

GOP Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) rebuked President Trump‘s attacks on the press from the Senate floor on Wednesday, urging his colleagues to publicly push back against the rhetoric.

“The enemy of the people was how the president of the United States called the free press in 2017. … It is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president used words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies,” Flake said.

He added that the president’s comments “should be the source of great shame for us in this body, especially for those of us in the president’s party, for they are shameful, repulsive statements, and of course the president has it precisely backwards.”

Continued:

Flake’s speech marks one of the strongest Republican rebukes of Trump from the Senate floor.

GOP lawmakers, while frequently caught off guard by Trump’s statements, have also argued that reporters should focus on what the president does, not what he says.

But Flake added that the Trump White House put “alternative facts into the American lexicon” to justify “old-fashioned falsehoods,” referring to words made infamous last year by White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.

More on Flake, from Washington Times:

President Trump is employing techniques “popularized by Joseph Stalin” to demonize the press and his approach could do great harm to the nation in the long run, Sen. Jeff Flake said Sunday.

In an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” the retiring Arizona Republican and outspoken critic of the president said he’s deeply troubled by how Mr. Trump attacks the media.

“You can talk about crowd size, and this is pretty innocuous if there’s a falsehood. But when you reflexively refer to the press as the ‘enemy of the people’ or ‘fake news,’ that has real damage,” Mr. Flake said. “It has real damage to our standing in the world. And I noted how bad it is for a president to take what was popularized by Joseph Stalin, the ‘enemy of the people,’ to refer to the press.”

NBC News has more:

WASHINGTON — Sen. Jeff Flake is planning to slam President Donald Trump‘s attacks on the press on the Senate floor this week in a speech that will compare the president’s use of the term “enemy of the people” to describe the media to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

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In the Senate speech, Flake plans to label Trump’s attacks on the press as “unprecedented” and “unwarranted.”

“2017 was a year which saw the truth — objective, empirical, evidence-based truth — more battered and abused than any other time in the history of our country, at the hands of the most powerful figure in our government,” Flake will say, according to the excerpts.

[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]

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