WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator is denouncing President Donald Trump’s use of the terms “fake news” and “enemy of the people” to describe the news media and stories he doesn’t like.
READ MORE: U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Plan Includes $403M In Funding For Trinity River Flood Control Project
Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said Trump’s attacks were reminiscent of words infamously used by Russian dictator Josef Stalin to describe his enemies.READ MORE: Ford Recalling 200K Cars For Problem That Can Keep Brake Lights On
In a speech Wednesday on the Senate floor, Flake called Trump’s repeated attacks on the media “shameful” and “repulsive” and said Trump “has it precisely backward.” Flake said despotism is the enemy of the people, while a free press is the despot’s enemy and a guardian of democracy.
Flake, a frequent Trump critic who is retiring this year, said when Trump calls stories he doesn’t like “fake news,” he “should be the figure of suspicion, not the press.”MORE NEWS: Arctic Front Plunges North Texas Temperatures, Brings Slight Chance For Wintry Precipitation
(© Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)