Flake based the Stalin smear on an alleged similarity in language, without mentioning the copious mass murder in the Soviet Union.
Senator Flake invoked a Stalin smear against the president to a deservedly “nearly empty U.S. Senate chamber.” His comparison was based on an allegation that, if true, was entirely flimsy. He claimed that both Donald Trump and Stalin labeled the media the enemy of the people. But Stalin did it to kill and imprison people. The media in America has no such fear of Donald Trump because he abides by the Constitution. Stalin controlled the media. Trump has no control over the media.
According to the Daily Mail, “Jeff Flake compares Trump’s attacks on ‘Fake News’ media to STALIN in blistering speech to nearly empty Senate chamber.”
‘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 said, citing a Trump tweet in which he branded five news outlets ‘the enemy of the American people.’
Flake said 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.’[…]
Only two senators, Democrats Dick Durbin of Illinois and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, attended the 15-minute speech that was highly anticipated by reporters and editors.
But Flake let his disdain for the Trump White House show, saying that ‘the free press is the despot’s enemy, which makes the free press the guardian of democracy.’
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