Outgoing Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake launched a fire attack on President Trump on Wednesday over Trump's criticism of the media, alleging that the president promotes "pernicious fantasies", uses Stalinist language and causes global instability undermine press freedom.
"A US president who can not criticize, who must constantly deviate and distort and distract, who must find someone to blame is plotting a very dangerous path, and a Congress that does not act as a control over the president adds to danger, "said Flake.
He also criticized Trump for describing the press as "the enemy of the people," a phrase he said was used by the Soviet mass murderer dictator Joseph Stalin.
"is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously uttered by Joseph Stalin to describe his enemies," he said.
Flake's remarks, made in the Senate, occurred when Trump was willing to maintain what he had described as the "Fake News Awards" for members of the media that he believes are "corrupt and biased."
In his comments, Flake frequently warned of the danger of despotism, which he said was the real "Enemy of the people" and reminded the Senate: "the free press is the enemy of the despot."
Criticized Trump not only for his attacks on the media, which he said had encouraged dictators in Syria and the Philippines to undermine the press, but also for their own promotion of dubious stories.
"Not only last year a president has lent a despotic language to refer to the free press, but it seems that in turn has inspired authoritarians and dictators with their own language," he said.
In particular, Flake cited what he called Trump's "pernicious fantasies" about fraudulent elections and electoral fraud, which are as destructive as they are inaccurate. "
" 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. & # 39;
Flake has been one of Trump's most outspoken critics among Republican lawmakers and in October he attacked fellow Republicans for his "complicity" in what Trump does. In that speech, he announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018.
Flake was supported in his comments by Arizona Senator John McCain, who, in an editorial in The Washington Post, urged the president to stop attacking the press.
"Whether Trump knows it or not, these efforts are being watched closely by foreign leaders who are already using their words as cover as they silence and shut one of the key pillars of democracy," McCain wrote.
However, Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel attacked Flake, saying he had gone "too far" in his criticism of the president, and that Trump had the right to criticize the coverage that was biased against him.
"Sen. Flake, break the news, it's wall-to-wall with partial coverage against @POTUS, he has every right to step back, and to compare the leader of the free world with murderous dictators is absurd," he wrote on Twitter. "You've gone too far"