Jeff Flake compares Trump to Stalin in speech about fake news

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Two of President Donald Trump's top critics, Arizona Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, condemned the president's reputedly totalitarian attacks on "truth" and the media this week in an op-ed and speech.

"To call the Russian Federation matter a "hoax" ... is a falsehood", Mr Flake said.

"It is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Joseph Stalin to describe his enemies", Flake said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning. Flake's January 6 declaration in Havana, Cuba, that there is "no evidence" that the Cuban regime committed the sonic attacks that harmed USA personnel. Sen.

The label "fake news" is often applied by the President to any news outlet that he disagrees with. In a poll published Tuesday by Gallup and the Knight Foundation, 84 percent of Americans said the press is "critical" or "very important" to democracy. However, as powerful and thought-out numerous senator's comments were on Wednesday, Washington Post congressional reporter Erica Werner noted on Twitter that aside from Sen. "To do so is our birthright and a requirement of our citizenship".

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McCain, struggling with a fatal form of brain cancer, revoked his support for Trump in October 2016 following the release of the infamous "pussy" tape and became one of Trump's chief Republican enemies. "This has provided cover for repressive regimes to follow suit", McCain wrote.

The omission is consistent with a disconnect between public opinion of the media, as a democratic institution, and the media, as it actually performs its function.

As of last week, President Trump had said more than 2,000 things that were either totally false or misleading, according to a count kept by the Washington Post. But, as Flake catalogs in his speech, it's quite clear that Trump's norm-busting is being watched by authoritarians the world over as they seek to diminish the idea of objective truth and put their own political goals into the vacuum created.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), also took aim at the president's press attacks in an op-ed published Tuesday night in the Washington Post, saying "Trump's attempts to undermine the free press also make it more hard to hold repressive governments accountable".

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Chip's comments come as Trump has said he will give out a "Phony News Award" this week. He is not running for re-election.

One of the Republicans trying to replace him, former state Sen.

"We are a mature democracy - it is well past time that we stop excusing or ignoring - or worse, endorsing - these attacks on the truth", Flake said.

Speaking to reporters, Ms Huckabee Sanders said the president wanted a budget deal, but accused the Democrats of "holding the military and national security hostage" in order to secure their own priorities. If Flake wants to blast the President, fine. But he shouldn't conduct himself that way from the floor of the US Senate.

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The speech comes ahead of Trump's alleged "fake news awards", which he promised to hand out Wednesday to the "most corrupt and biased of the mainstream media". Per the survey, 40 percent of Republican survey respondents said accurate news stories that cast a politician or political group in a negative light should be considered fake news. "You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to presume there's bias there", she said.

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