Jeff Flake, a GOP senator from Arizona, has denounced President Trump’s infamous terminology, namely ‘fake news‘ and ‘enemy of the people‘. The senator overtly compared Trump’s rhetoric regarding notable media outlets to the phrases used by the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
Flake made these remarks during a speech on the Senate floor, directly in front of other members of the powerful political institution.
The Arizona senator has a long track record of criticising the incumbent president, having done so ever since the campaign trail in 2016.
‘Enemy of the people‘, as Flake pointed out, was a term that Stalin used on several occasions. This point was of significant importance within the speech: “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”, said Flake.
The senator also pointed out that the phrase ‘enemy of the people‘ was eventually forbidden to be used by officers on the request of Nikita Khrushchev, citing Stalin using it as a means of “annihilating such individuals” who disagreed or questioned the Soviet leader.
The White House has not made any official statements regarding the issue.
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