‘NeverTrump’ Sen. Flake Likens President to Stalin

Remarks echoed inside a nearly empty Senate Chamber…

'NeverTrump' Sen. Flake Likens President to Stalin

Jeff Flake/IMAGE: YouTube

(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.”

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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.”

Watch Flake’s full speech:

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  • Daniel Softcheck

    His name fits him so well….go sheriff Joe!

  • Rolpho Signetti

    A democrat in republican clothing. GET HIM. Chase him into the bathroom, and beat the F out of this traitor!

    And go find McCain and do the same to him!

  • Yosemite Sam

    Jeff Flake Failed RINO – Future CNN Fake Contributor

  • Fred_K

    I think Flake is like obummer, and has plans to invite the NWO people to the US.

  • Fed up!

    Is there something in the soil in Arizona, idiot voters keep sending Songbird MCCain and Flakie back to Washington

    • Somanywhiners

      I relatives in Arizona the say McCain is an independent thinker. I think I am going to die laughing evertime she says this.

    • Stephine

      It’s the sun. See what it does to folks in the mid-east.

  • A Flake is a flake. McCain is not long for being a Senator, health wise.

  • Elizabeth

    Stalin, hitler . I have heard Trump compared to both. Does anyone really read about history. I have never seen President Trump public excute people . Nor has he exterminated people based on their religion, disability. Read you would never compare any individual to Hitler or Stalin. Morons ! I would suggest to Flake to live in North Korea for a time. He will appreciate America .

  • sixlittlerabbits

    Why doesn’t Senator Flake switch to the Democrats? And if Trump is equated with Stalin, where are the millions of dead bodies hidden? Dead bodies seem more relevant to the Clintons!

  • Gregg Parker

    Is he just upset that he can’t have @[email protected] orgies in the white house oval office any more? He sure speaks bold for someone who hates his party, his values, and his constituents…

  • old27

    Apparently Flake never ever took a history course that covered WW II and before, or he flunked it without attending. He is even more stupid than I previously thought. He truly represents those millennials that claim the President to be a fascist.

  • minefinder624

    ‘The further a society drifts from the truth , the more it will hate t hose who speak it”- Sen Flake’s use of Orwell’s statement appears to be hoisting him on his (or Orwell’s) own petard. Unfortunately the MSM’s abuse or spinning of the actual truth shows that there is truth in the statement but, unfortunately , the hatred is being directed at POTUS Trump for his factual observations regarding the MSM and the DC Swamp.

  • Philomena

    Jeff Flake must be INSANE or just ignorant of what Stalin did.

  • Beeker D.

    Well, Flake has always been ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FLAKEY!

  • Willie Wilson

    Hey Arizona, maybe you can get Flake to resign before his term is up. He lied to you, he said he was a conservative and he is not different that Schumer, Pelosi and the rest o the liberals slandering Trump. Flake will probably run for his senate seat as a democrat!

  • John

    I’m a High School History Teacher and have to say that I truly hate it when people try to compare groups or individuals with some of the truly evil entities of history. By comparing people to Hitler , Stalin, Nazis Communists or others you are taking away just how truly aweful these groups and people were. Stalin killed more people than Hitler, jailed or killed anyone who dared speak against him. If Trump were Stalin Flake would be in a secret prison in northern most part of Alaska, if he and his family weren’t killed off outright.

    Instead Flake is the wicked witch after water was thrown on her, he is withering away before our eyes. ALL credibility he ever had is gone and all he is left to do is shriek and cry.

    • Drberlat

      Flake, has there ever been a more appropriate name for a treasonous dolt! How is this moron still occupying space on planet Earth! Professionally I’ve witnessed mentally corrupt individuals, none hold a candle to this flake! His public disrespect for our duly elected President, a real patriotic American, is over the top treason. His actions and words violate his office and his oath! As a land owner in Arizona and a U of A alum i’m embarrassed for the state of Arizona that they would elect a back stabbing traitor to such a high office! Never has the term loser had a more perfect subject to wear that moniker! He must step down or be removed post haste!

  • JB

    I don’t understand why this man is Senate he should be removed from political office.

  • J.B. Young

    You people in Arizona need to recall these two loony senators! They are RINOS, and care nothing about making things better for you.

  • Maxine Albritton

    trump /stalin, no comparison. politically that shoe fits on Flakes parties feet. They are the commies in training.

  • Erik V Johnson

    This Idiot Took the Words Right Out of MY Mouth…” The further the society drifts from the truth, the MORE it Will Hate those who speak it “

  • William Sasman

    Why does not Flakle the Flake and brain washed McCain just come out and say they are Democrats at heart.

  • Steve G.

    Flake got the same support in his Senate Speech that he gets in his rallies in Arizona: two people that are Democrats. By Flake.

  • travis690

    Well, it looks like Flaky Jeff is getting the notoriety he deserves.

    This doofus is a Senator, yet he believes the United States is a democracy! What a farce!

    There does exist a free press in the United States, but that does not mean freedom from criticism. And from the way the collective press has behaved this past year (as opposed to their willingness to advance the Obama agenda the eight years before that), I don’t think they are beyond criticism. But I guess Flaky Jeff thinks they are, since they are supporting his statements against President Trump.

    I guess this means the right to critique is reserved to Flaky Jeff and those of a similar opinion. So I better check in with Jeff before I criticize him.


    To compare the use of the phrase, “The enemy of the people,” and equate President Trump’s use of that phrase with Josef Stalin’s use of the same phrase is hilarious. Phrases like that are not copy-protected; anyone can use them if they desire to, and if they express their intent correctly. The phrase itself is what has meaning, not the connection to the person who used it. Jeff’s comparison is almost as humorless as the same types of comparisons made daily by Chrissy Matthews and the Morning Schmo.

    I understand that Flaky Jeff used to be the President of the Goldwater Institute. However, he shows very little in common with the late Senator and former Presidential candidate.