Jeff Flake destroys Trump from the Senate floor for 'battering' the truth

Sen. Jeff Flake is going to compare Trump to Stalin, but will vote with him

Flake specifically referenced a February tweet from Trump, in which the president declared that the "FAKE NEWS media" is "the enemy of the American people".

"No president will even have dominion over objective reality", he continued, saying that Trump was "charting a very unsafe path" with his inability to withstand criticism.

"Mr. President, so powerful is the presidency that the damage done by the sustained attack on the truth will not be confined to this president's time in office", he said.

"The point I will try to make in my speech is POTUS should not use a phrase so associated with Stalin like "enemy of the people" to describe our free press,".

"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 said in a reference to a tweet last February in which Trump declared major US news outlets to be the "enemy of the American People". "And a Congress that fails to act as a check on the president adds to the danger," Flake said. "But it just puzzles me as to why you'd use a phrase that is so loaded and that has such deeper meaning, the press being the enemy of the people". Over the weekend, Flake likened Trump's rhetoric against the media to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

In an opinion article in The Washington Post, Senator John McCain from Arizona, the Republican party's 2008 presidential candidate, said that Trump's frequent claims of "fake news" about stories he does not like "are being closely watched by foreign leaders who are already using his words as cover as they silence and shutter one of the key pillars of democracy".

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Among the statements from the Trump administration that Flake called a "falsehood" is the president's characterization of the reported Russian meddling in the 2016 election a "hoax". In that speech, he announced that he would not be seeking re-election in 2018.

No Republicans were present in the chamber as Flake spoke, except for Sen.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel slammed Flake's remarks on Twitter, writing, "Sen".

Citing reports from early 2017, Flake then accused Trump of having "inspired dictators and authoritarians" around the world.

Trump gave it right back to the senator, getting a crowd of Arizonans to boo and hiss Flake for being "weak on borders".

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