Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona compared President Donald Trump to the infamous Russian dictator Joseph Stalin.
Flake slammed Trump while speaking on the Senate floor:
“The enemy of the people” was how the president of the United States called the free press in 2017. 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.
Even though Flake compared Trump to Stalin, Flake voted the day before with most Republicans and a few Democrats to give Trump’s NSA expanded spying powers on the American people, notes Common Dreams.
Flake was subsequently skewered for his speech on Twitter:
Before you get all misty eyed about @JeffFlake and his “scathing” Trump speech, remember that he has voted 90 percent with the president, and his rare opposition includes being on the wrong side of disaster aid to Puerto Rico. Jeff Flake is no hero. https://t.co/yj144te1eb
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 17, 2018
“Hi, I’m Jeff Flake. I’m really worried about our Stalinist President, which is why I voted less than 24 hours ago to increase his domestic spying powers and prevent any safeguards or checks on how Stalin can use those powers. I’m available for cable TV interviews and praise!” https://t.co/occJV9oIfi
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 17, 2018
Jeff Flake just voted to hand Trump more domestic surveillance power yesterday. His words are beyond meaningless https://t.co/Q9XPDoJCte
— Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) January 17, 2018
Does anybody have a video of Jeff Flake’s condemning despotism on the Senate floor when Obama admin hacked Sharyl Attkisson’s laptop & cell phone?! Or when Obama tapped the phones of AP reporters? Or snooped on reporter James Rosen?
Oh no, wait…
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) January 17, 2018
The suspicion that Jeff Flake is disingenuous shouldn’t stem from his votes for conservative bills that Trump signs, but from his complete unwillingness to use his oversight power, and inherent powers as a senator, to rein in Trump and stop his unprecedented corruption.
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) January 17, 2018