Nobody came to Jeff Flake's anti-Trump speech

Faith Castro
January 18, 2018

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on Wednesday used the Senate floor to criticize President Donald Trump while defending the biased mainstream media.

"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", Flake said.

Sen. Jeff Flake attacked Trump for his criticisms of the media.

He continued, "He is an extravagant, extraordinary liar who brought this moral rot to the American presidency and member of his own party calling him out I think is historically significant".

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"This feedback loop is disgraceful, Mr President", Flake said. Flake highlighted the case of the Syrian President, Bashar Assad, assuring that, "we are not in a "fake news" era, as Bashar Assad says. Here in America, we do not pay obeisance to the powerful - in fact, we question the powerful most ardently - to do so is our birthright and a requirement of our citizenship - and so, we know well that no matter how powerful, no president will ever have dominion over objective reality", Flake said. He is among a small group of Republican senators that has criticized the president, with others including Bob Corker of Tennessee, who is also retiring, and John McCain of Arizona, who is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer.

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"Those of us who travel overseas, especially to war zones and other troubled areas all around the globe, encounter members of USA -based media who risk their lives, and sometimes lose their lives, reporting on the truth", Flake said. "When President Trump talks about fake news, he's not only referring to negative coverage on himself which independent studies have confirmed is around 90 percent of all broadcast statements, he's also referring to general media bias".

Flake, a frequent critic of the president, assailed Trump's treatment of the media in a speech that coincided with Trump's expected announcement of his "fake news" media awards.

Fact-based truth in the Trump era has been "battered" like never before in US history, Flake went on, warning that without truth, democracy can not last. He acknowledged then that his party had turned sharply to the right and made it impossible for him to win the Republican nomination to seek another term unless he toed the line on Trump's actions. Comparing the leader of the free world to murderous dictators is absurd.

Flake has taken his condemnation of Trump to a whole new level.

"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", he wrote. "This has provided cover for repressive regimes to follow suit".

The label "fake news" is often applied by the President to any news outlet that he disagrees with.

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