Is President Trump Acting Like Stalin?

NBC: Flake to denounce Trump media attacks as Stalinist in Senate speech

WASHINGTON — Sen. Jeff Flake is planning to slam President Donald Trump's attacks on the press on the Senate floor this week in a speech that will compare the president's use of the term "enemy of the people" to describe the media to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

"When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn't suit him ‘fake news,’ it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press," Flake, R-Ariz., will say, according to excerpts of the speech provided to NBC News.

Trump called the media the "enemy of the people" in a February tweet. "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!" the president wrote on Twitter.

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Update: Flake to evoke Stalin in Senate speech slamming Trump’s attacks on media: report (The Hill)

WNU Editor: Both Lenin and Stalin used the term "enemy of the people" on numerous occasions. But as far as I can remember, Stalin never used the term "enemy of the people" to describe the media .... after-all why should he .... he controlled the media. As to Senator Flake's wanting to compare President Trump to Stalin .... sighhhh .... Stalin was someone who ordered mass purges, famines that killed millions, and the establishment of a Gulag system that consumed and killed millions of the best in the former Soviet Union. To compare anyone to that monster is .... to put it bluntly .... disrespectful to those who suffered under Stalin's rule. Shame on Sen Jeff Flake wanting to use that comparison, and shame on the media that is going to publicize it without criticism when he makes it.

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