Jeff Flake is trying to be on the right side of history!
The Republican Senator took the Congress floor on Wednesday to rip into Donald Trump ahead of POTUS’ alleged “fake news awards,” and he had no mercy!
He shamed the President over his anti-free press language, and even compared him to Joseph Stalin, the late dictator of the USSR!
In his impassioned speech, Flake expressed:
“Mr. President, 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. 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. This alone should be a source of great shame for us in this body, especially for those of us in the president’s party. For they are shameful, repulsive statements.”
He later continued:
“Now, we are told via Twitter that today the president intends to announce his choice for the ‘most corrupt and dishonest’ media awards. It beggars belief that an American president would engage in such a spectacle. But here we are.”
And called for an end to the attacks on the media:
“We are a mature democracy ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ it is well past time that we stop excusing or ignoring ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ or worse, endorsing — these attacks on the truth. For if we compromise the truth for the sake of our politics, we are lost.”
See some reactions to the trending Senator’s speech (below):
When a Senator within the President’s own party, Jeff Flake, compares him to Joseph Stalin, you know that this country is on the wrong track.
This IS America, NOT the Soviet Union!
Let’s fight for it!!
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Brian Krassenstein├░┼╕┬É┬¼ (@krassenstein) January 17, 2018
Damn, when even “Jeff Flake” can’t take anymore of his shit you know it’s bad.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Jack North (@jacknorth) January 17, 2018
Jeff Flake is completely right that Trump├óΓé¼Γäós “fake news” claims and attacks on the press have provided cover to authoritarian regimes abroad who demonize their own presses citing Trump├óΓé¼Γäós language to get away with human rights abuses and mass atrocities.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) January 17, 2018
Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain are the only REAL Republicans left, apparently. While I don├óΓé¼Γäót agree with all of their policies, at least they know that Trump is bad for America! They are putting America ahead of President! More Republicans should too!
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) January 17, 2018
Jeff Flake is a hero, just not the hero you want him to be. He’s not switching teams. He is speaking truth to power about those things he disagrees with. However, he is still a conservative and will support conservative proposals. Still heroic, especially compared to his peers.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ JetPacKevin (@Xtra_Special_K) January 17, 2018
Jeff Flake a true conservative with the courage to speak the truth.
I do not have to agree with his conservative positions to admire his righteous condemnation of Donald Trump├óΓé¼Γäós attacks on the 1st amendment.
There is a reason the 1st amendment is first.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Joseph Ferraro (@joebferraro) January 17, 2018
It is important to note that the Arizona native doesn’t stand against everything Trump is for, having voted “yes” on the Republican tax bill:
Jeff Flake and Trump are identical when it comes to stripping vulnerable Americans of healthcare, making it rain for the super rich, and the whole, life-wrecking GOP blue plate special.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 17, 2018
You can watch the full speech (below) and ch-ch-check out the transcript HERE!