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Title: Jeff Flake compares Trump's attacks on 'Fake News' media to STALIN in blistering speech to nearly empty Senate chamber as White House says he's 'looking for attention'
Source: Daily Mail
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Published: Jan 18, 2018
Author: David Martosko
Post Date: 2018-01-18 11:04:54 by IbJensen
Keywords: None
Views: 202
Comments: 15

Senator Jeff Flake delivered a scathing anti-Trump speech Wednesday

He compared the president to Soviet despot Joseph Stalin for calling five news outlets 'the enemy of the American people'

Flake slammed Trump for using 'words infamously spoken by Joseph Stalin to describe his enemies'

The Republican announced in October he would no longer run for re-election under the Trump administration

Only two fellow senators, both Democrats, attended Wednesday's speech

White House fired back saying Flake 'has terrible poll numbers' and is 'looking for some attention'

Press secretary noted that while Flake complained about despots, he defended Cuba's government this month over 'sonic weapon' attacks on U.S. diplomats

Arizona lawmaker Jeff Flake compared Donald Trump to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin on Wednesday, delivering a blistering attack on the president to a nearly empty U.S. Senate chamber.

The Republican has become one of Trump's favorite targets, earning a presidential nickname – 'Jeff Flakey' – since his impending retirement has freed him to openly castigate the White House on several fronts.

'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, citing a Trump tweet in which he branded five news outlets 'the enemy of the American people.'

Flake said 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.'

(Watch Flaky's video at link)

'We are in an era in which the authoritarian impulse is reasserting itself,' Flake claimed.

Only two senators, Democrats Dick Durbin of Illinois and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, attended the 15-minute speech that was highly anticipated by reporters and editors.

But Flake let his disdain for the Trump White House show, saying that 'the free press is the despot's enemy, which makes the free press the guardian of democracy.'

The White House fired back hours later, noting that Flake had visited Cuba this month for a trip in which he defended the communist government there over accusations that it had made American diplomats ill with an unspecified 'sonic weapon.'

'He's the one who was recently defending an actually oppressive regime,' White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said during a briefing on Wednesday. 'He went to Cuba a few weeks ago and served as a mouthpiece for the oppressive Cuban government.'

'He's not criticizing the president because he's against oppression,' Sanders insisted. 'He's criticizing the president because he has terrible poll numbers. And he is, I think, looking for some attention.'

'We are in an era in which the authoritarian impulse is reasserting itself,' Flake claimed.

Only two senators, Democrats Dick Durbin of Illinois and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, attended the 15-minute speech that was highly anticipated by reporters and editors.

But Flake let his disdain for the Trump White House show, saying that 'the free press is the despot's enemy, which makes the free press the guardian of democracy.'

The White House fired back hours later, noting that Flake had visited Cuba this month for a trip in which he defended the communist government there over accusations that it had made American diplomats ill with an unspecified 'sonic weapon.'

'He's the one who was recently defending an actually oppressive regime,' White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said during a briefing on Wednesday. 'He went to Cuba a few weeks ago and served as a mouthpiece for the oppressive Cuban government.'

'He's not criticizing the president because he's against oppression,' Sanders insisted. 'He's criticizing the president because he has terrible poll numbers. And he is, I think, looking for some attention.'

Flake's speech came on the day the White House has promised to bestow 'Fake News Awards' on reporters the president loves to hate.

'The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!,' Trump said last week on Twitter.

But the White House said Tuesday that it was merely a 'potential event.'

By Wednesday, Trump officials were saying the awards were back on.

'We are very excited about the Fake News Awards. ... There'll be an announcement a little bit later,' deputy press secretary Raj Shah told Fox News in the early afternoon.

'We'll keep you guys posted,' Sanders added. 'It'll be something later today.'

Flake said 'it beggars belief that an American president would engage in such a spectacle, but here we are.'

'When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn't suit him "fake news",' he added, 'it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press.'

Flake announced in October that he would not run for re-election, citing the 'alarming and dangerous state of affairs' under the Trump administration and blaming fellow Republicans for their 'complicity.'

The senator had no practical chance of winning another term, according to most political analysts.

But he upbraided his fellow lawmakers for failing to stand in Trump's way. Senators Dick Durbin and Amy Klobuchar, both Democrats, were the only lawmakers who attended Flake's speech +7

Senators Dick Durbin and Amy Klobuchar, both Democrats, were the only lawmakers who attended Flake's speech

'An American president who cannot take criticism, who must constantly deflect and distort and distract, who must find someone else to blame is charting a very dangerous path. And a Congress that fails to act as a check on the president adds to the danger,' Flake declared.

On Tuesday night The Washington Post published an op-ed by John McCain, Flake's fellow Arizona senator, complaining about Trump's treatment of the political press and saying the president is setting a dangerous tone for despots 'who are already using his words as cover as they silence and shutter one of the key pillars of democracy.'

'While administration officials often condemn violence against reporters abroad, Trump continues his unrelenting attacks on the integrity of American journalists and news outlets,' he wrote.

'The phrase "fake news" – granted legitimacy by an American president – is being used by autocrats to silence reporters, undermine political opponents, stave off media scrutiny and mislead citizens,' McCain added.


Poster Comment:

Listening to Flake speak, using words such as honesty and integrity, was nauseating. The senator can pronounce the words but has no concept of their meanings. While I watched him carry on, I was reminded of why I despise politicians.

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#1. To: IbJensen (#0) (Edited)

Quack, Waddle.... https://duckduckgo.com/? q=Jeff+Flake+NeoCon+Jew Flake.

Russia!

Russia!

Russia?

“You must understand. The leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians. They hated Christians. Driven by ethnic hatred they tortured and slaughtered millions of Russians without a shred of human remorse. The October Revolution was not what you call in America the “Russian Revolution.” It was an invasion and conquest over the Russian people. More of my countrymen suffered horrific crimes at their bloodstained hands than any people or nation ever suffered in the entirety of human history. It cannot be understated. Bolshevism was the greatest human slaughter of all time. The fact that most of the world is ignorant of this reality is proof that the global media itself is in the hands of the perpetrators.”

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008

Who are the Bolsheviks?

https://wikispooks.com/wi ki/200_Years_Together

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=200+years+together

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights in Israel are the most advanced in the Middle East, and one of the most advanced in Asia. Although same-sex sexual activity was legalized in 1988, the former law against sodomy had not been enforced since a court decision of 1963
 
Same Ol' Ba'al-shyte, different municipal outhouse.

 

VxH  posted on  2018-01-18   11:26:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: IbJensen (#0)

Nobody give a shit what Flake says; that's why there was nobody there.
He wasn't even going to win his reelection primary. Loser.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2018-01-18   11:31:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Hank Rearden (#2)

Nobody give a shit what Flake says; that's why there was nobody there.

Almost. Dicky Durbin and Amy Klobuchar attended.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-01-18   12:55:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: VxH (#1)

Quack, Waddle.... https://duckduckgo.com/? q=Jeff+Flake+NeoCon+Jew Flake.

Flake is a Mormo-American.

His son had an online eruption back in 2013. I suppose he's in college now.

NY Daily News:

The Republican lawmaker said he was "very disappointed" in his son's online behavior.

"This language is unacceptable, anywhere. Needless to say, I’ve already spoken with him about this, he has apologized, and I apologize as well," the senator said in a statement.

The GOP politician recently brought his son Tanner into the spotlight by publicizing a survival expedition they had embarked on, making public the father-son bonding experience on his Facebook page.

Tanner Flake's offensive Twitter postings were originally reported by BuzzFeed.

"To the f----t who stole my dirt bike from the church parking lot, I will find you, and I will beat the crap out of you," the boy, whose Twitter handle is @tflakey, wrote on March 20.

"I’m down to own some f----ts," he wrote in February, in a tweet directed at another Twitter user.

His tweets also included an anti-Semitic message directed at an undisclosed Twitter user.

"Say something hilarious, and I guarantee that ... will say it louder and get all the credit. Jew," he tweeted in February.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-01-18   12:59:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Tooconservative (#4) (Edited)

Flake is a Mormo-American.

IOW - Just another fraud/puppet propped up atop a religious pyramid/affinity scam.

Jewnior knows how the grift works.

VxH  posted on  2018-01-18   13:07:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: VxH (#5)

Jewnior knows how the grift works.

That is some very harsh language for a Mormon kid. Flake had to be very embarrassed. Worse than being caught drinking a hot beverage or a Coke with ice!

Apparently, he took the kid on some extended survival trek because of the incident. Flake goes for that stuff anyway. I recall about 5 years ago he took a vacation all alone on some deserted Pacific island for a week.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-01-18   13:37:11 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: IbJensen (#0)

Jeff Flake is an embarrassment to himself, the State of Arizona and the entire nation.

He will be soon be replaced by Sheriff Joe who recently announced his candidacy for the office.

Gatlin  posted on  2018-01-18   15:58:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Tooconservative (#6) (Edited)

Apparently, he took the kid on some extended survival trek because of the incident.

"It" happens.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=40+years+in+the+desert

VxH  posted on  2018-01-18   17:09:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: VxH (#8)

Well, they're Mormons so undoubtedly the Flakes are all Boy Scouts. So camping and hiking are routine. The Mormons are really big on Scouts. You probably recall that Romney was a Scouts bigwig for years. And he still is. If he tells the Scouts to do something, they'll probably just do it.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-01-18   17:25:45 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Tooconservative (#9)

The Mormons are really big on Scouts.

Uhuh.

https://duckduckgo.com/? q=Floyd+David+Slusher

 

VxH  posted on  2018-01-18   17:36:08 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Gatlin (#7)

He will be soon be replaced by Sheriff Joe

We can only hope.

Liberals are like Slinkys. They're good for nothing, but somehow they bring a smile to your face as you shove them down the stairs.

IbJensen  posted on  2018-01-18   18:40:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Gatlin (#7)

Not only do I wanna see Joe win... but I'd be pretty excited hearing about Flake stroking out.

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2018-01-18   20:10:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: GrandIsland (#12)

Not only do I wanna see Joe win... but I'd be pretty excited hearing about Flake stroking out.

Can't wait to throw away another Senate seat like with Roy Moore?

I think Arpaio and Ward will split the far-Right vote and McSally will slip between them easily.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-01-19   7:11:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Tooconservative (#13)

I just want Flake out. He's a RINO traitor

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2018-01-19   7:48:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: GrandIsland (#14)

I just want Flake out. He's a RINO traitor

He's just your average Mormon in the era of Trump.

Keep in mind, there is no identifiable group of any kind that has voted more loyally Republican since the founding of the party. Mormons are as Republican as they are a pack of Boy Scouts (literally).

Also, Flake may be far less of a thorn in Trump's side than Romney replacing Hatch. I really wish Jason Chaffetz had chosen to file but I think he knows Romney would mop him up. Romney is the bee's knees in the Mormo-American community even if he is just carpetbagging his way into Utah (from his homes in California and New Hampshire; he sold the family home in Massachusetts some years back).

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-01-19   8:13:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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