Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Arizona Sen. Flake Defends Speech Comparing Trump Rhetoric To Stalin

Arizona Sen. Flake Defends Speech Comparing Trump Rhetoric To Stalin

He said Trump's "repulsive" statements show he has it backward - "despotism is the enemy of the people".

The senator concluded his speech Wednesday by calling on his Senate colleagues - whom he acknowledged have all likely faced news coverage they "felt was jaded or unfair" - to "stop excusing, ignoring - or worse, endorsing - these attacks on the truth".

The report, which was released on Tuesday, also cites gerrymandering - the process of redrawing the borders of House districts and state lesgislatures - and Trump's now-disbanded voter fraud panel as examples of how partisan politics have cast doubt on the integrity of the US political system.

The report comes as Sen.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel slammed Flake's remarks on Twitter, writing, "Sen".

"A state official in Myanmar recently said, 'There is no such thing as Rohingya". But Mr. Flake's decision to take to the Senate floor to verbally flay the president, a member of his own party, and drop the name of a wanton killer in the process seem ready to stray beyond the pale as well.

Flake, who is retiring, has promised to speak out against the Trump administration when necessary, and his remarks Wednesday were timed to line up with the expected date of Trump's "Most Dishonest and Corrupt Media Awards", although White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested on Tuesday that the event might not go forward on Wednesday.

Flake said America should be a place where the most powerful people should be questioned the most.

Further, McCain says that without "strong leadership" in the White House, it falls on Congress to "commit to protecting independent journalism, preserving an open and free media environment, and defending the fundamental right to freedom of opinion and expression". "And anyone who presumes to try to attack or manipulate the truth to his own purposes should be made to realize the mistake and be held to account".

Trump also has called the matter of Russian interference in the 2016 election a hoax, said Flake, "and it wasn't". But some untruths are not at all trivial, such as the Seminole untruths of the president's political career, the oft-repeated conspiracies about the birthplace of President Obama and rigged elections and massive voter fraud which are as destructive as they are inaccurate.

"No longer can we compound attacks on truth with our silent acquiescence. And in this effort, the truth needs as many allies as possible", he said.

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