Senator Jeff Flake is out the door in a short while, so he’s a man that’s free to say just about whatever he feels like, and can say it from the Senate floor.
Like the others who have planned to bail, you may as well call Flake the most honest man in the room, because he knows he has nothing to lose.
The Arizona senator plans to drop some truth bombs on the Senate floor this week, as he condemns President Trump’s attacks on the media, and from the excerpts provided to NBC News, it will be a glorious burn!
“When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn’t suit him ‘fake news,’ it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press,” Flake, R-Ariz., will say, according to excerpts of the speech provided to NBC News.
“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,” Flake plans to say in the Senate remarks.
Yes. That’s a U.S. senator speaking directly to the president and comparing him to a communist dictator.
Of course, Flake is hitting on a peeve of mine, that I’ve spoken about more than once, here.
Donald Trump has made the media a target, beginning during his campaign, and only ramping up since he became president.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
And yes, before anyone starts belly-aching, I know the media tends to swerve left and the reporting reflects that.
Places like MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN all seem to be a bit more generous in their reporting, when talking about a Democrat or a liberal pet cause. With Republicans or conservative causes, not so much.
I get that, but still recognize that attacks on our media from a person in a high seat of authority – in this case, the highest – are dangerous.
Flake’s speech goes on:
“It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase ‘enemy of the people,’ that even (later Soviet leader) Nikita Khrushchev forbad its use, telling the Soviet Communist Party that the phrase had been introduced by Stalin to for the purpose of ‘annihilating such individuals’ who disagreed with the supreme leader,” Flake will say.
Indeed, Stalin exercised control over the media, using journalists to push pro-Stalin propaganda and suppress truth, as he built his cult of personality.
“This alone should be a source of great shame for us in this body, especially those of us in the president’s party. For they are shameful and repulsive statements.”
They are. Everything Trump is pimping to the red capped masses from “Fake News!” to the frivolous idiocy of his Fake News Awards, which he plans to unveil on Wednesday is designed to appeal to the Pavlovian instincts of his breathless sycophants.
If he says it, they believe it, and that’s his goal: Total domination over a weaker class.
Speaking with NBC’s Kasie Hunt, explaining the purpose of his speech, Flake said he hoped to encourage lawmakers to not “retreat into camps” when it came to dealing with Trump’s latest eruptions and ghastly instincts.
“What I’m trying to do with this speech is basically trying to nudge the president back where I think that we, as elected officials, ought to be. And I think that that’s a role that I should have as a member of the Senate,” Flake told Hunt in the interview.
“We have a balance of power, separated powers here. We shouldn’t all be afraid to criticize the president when we think he’s wrong,” he added.
“I don’t think that we should be using the phrase that’s been rejected as too loaded by a Soviet dictator,” Flake said.
You would be correct, but we’re seeing too many lawmakers put party before country.
“2017 was a year which saw the truth — objective, empirical, evidence-based truth — more battered and abused than any other time in the history of our country, at the hands of the most powerful figure in our government,” Flake will say, according to the excerpts.
Again, he’s right.
We’re being governed by a reality TV host with the temperament of a spoiled child and a questionable intellect.
His behavior is being defended by men and women who should know better, which means they are derelict in their duties as lawmakers.
Senator Flake is right.