5 Lines From Jeff Flake's Speech Against Trump

President 'uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2018 11:04 AM CST
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake on Wednesday gave the speech he's been promising to give about President Trump, one in which he finds it chilling that Trump borrows a phrase from Josef Stalin to describe the media as the "enemy of the people." CBS News has the transcript of the speech by the outgoing Republican lawmaker. Some lines getting attention:

  • "2017 was a year which saw the truth—objective, empirical, evidence-based truth—more battered and abused than any other in the history of our country, at the hands of the most powerful figure in our government."
  • "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 adds that Nikita Khrushchev forbade the use of the phrase "enemy of the people" because it "had been introduced by Stalin for the purpose of 'annihilating such individuals' who disagreed with the supreme leader.")

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