Remarks echoed inside a nearly empty Senate Chamber…
(Ana Michaels, Liberty Headlines) Soon-retiring Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake took time to attack Donald Trump on Wednesday over the President’s ongoing efforts to expose “fake news.”
In his poorly attended Senate floor speech, Flake likened Trump’s attacks on the media to statements of notorious Soviet mass-murdering leader, Joseph Stalin.
Flake said the President’s remarks about “fake news” are a source of “great shame for us in this body, especially for those of us in the president’s party.”
The “NeverTrump” Republican, who is not seeking reelection in 2018, said the President has made “shameful, repulsive statements” about the news media. Flake also likened President Trump to a “despot,” and characterized the press as the “guardian of democracy.”
Was anyone but the media listening? Apparently not, as Flake’s remarks echoed inside a nearly empty Senate Chamber.
Excerpt from Flake’s “fake news” speech, emphasis added:
2017 was a year which saw the truth – objective, empirical, evidence-based truth — more battered and abused than any other 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 known simply as good old-fashioned falsehoods.
It was the year in which an unrelenting daily assault on the constitutionally-protected free press was launched by that same White House, an assault that is as unprecedented as it is unwarranted.
“The enemy of the people,” was what 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 Josef Stalin to describe his enemies.
It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase “enemy of the people,” that even Nikita Khrushchev forbade its use, telling the Soviet Communist Party that the phrase had been introduced by Stalin for the purpose of “annihilating such individuals” who disagreed with the supreme leader.
Flake also cited George Orwell: “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”
Flake’s choice of target in the President might be off. According to multiple polls conducted near the end of 2017, the majority of Americans distrust the media.
One poll showed 46 percent of Americans believe the media makes up stories about President Trump.
Another showed a historic low in media confidence, with only 32 percent of Americans polled having ‘great trust’ in the media.
Yet another in 2017 showed 65 percent of voters believe the media produces “fake news.”