Sen. Jeff Flake, who tasted mainstream liberal approval last October and began immediately craving more of it, said this week that President Donald Trump was engaging in Stalinist rhetoric that would ultimately harm the United States. Flake, who announced his retirement after his constant criticism of the president cost him millions of supporters in his home state of Arizona, told MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt on Sunday that Trump’s war on the press was imperiling the First Amendment.
On Trump’s usage of the phrase “the enemy of the people” to describe the media, Flake said, “He borrowed that phrase. It was popularized by Josef Stalin, used by Mao as well – enemy of the people. It should be noted that Nikita Khrushchev who followed Stalin, forbade its use, saying that was too loaded and that it maligned a whole group or class of people, and it shouldn’t be done. I don’t think that we should be using a phrase that’s been rejected as too loaded by a Soviet dictator.”
That’s cute. How about we go back through the history of phrases used by Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Mussolini, and other dictators to see how many of them are still being used by modern day Republicans and Democrats. Because the fact is that you can comb through history and cherry-pick what you want and then apply it to the present, even if they don’t line up. You can do that because not everyone is a historical scholar, and the sound bite sounds great on television. In making this comparison, Flake sounds just like the idiots that insist “America First” has its roots in the pro-Nazi language of the 1930s, or the activists who think the Star-Spangled Banner is a racist song because of some nonsense found in the second (never sung) verse.
Flake is setting the stage for his second big anti-Trump speech on the Senate floor, which is scheduled to happen on Wednesday. At that time, according to excerpts from his prepared remarks, he will say that 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.”
We assume that Flake is setting himself up for some sort of post-Senate role in which he will need favorable media coverage, because there’s no other reasonable explanation for this jackass behavior. Anyone who actually believes in the mission of conservatism cannot possibly miss the fact that the media IS the enemy of the people – that the media despises the people that voted for Trump and has done everything it can to paint them as racists, idiots, and deplorables. Flake and the rest of the NeverTrump crowd is proving that he either never believed in that mission or that he doesn’t have the guts to see it through to the end.
Either way, he can’t get gone fast enough.