Republican Senator from Arizona Jeff Flake has slammed US President Donald Trump’s declaration that media is “the enemy of the people,” saying it is borrowed from Soviet revolutionary leader Joseph Stalin.
“I’m saying he borrowed that phrase,” Flake told MSNBC on Sunday of Trump’s choice of words. “It was popularized by Joseph 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,” he stated.
Trump has often condemned mainstream American news media, particularly those networks and newspapers which viciously opposed him and supported his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, during the 2016 presidential election.