Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., this morning delivered a searing condemnation of President Donald Trump, specifically the way he employs the term "fake news" to dismiss objective reality. "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," Flake said in a speech on the Senate Floor. "The impulses underlying the dissemination of such untruths are not benign. They have the effect of eroding trust in our vital institutions and conditioning the public to no longer trust them. The destructive effect of this kind of behavior on our democracy cannot be overstated. Flake went on to illustrate how Trump had borrowed a phrase from the infamous Russian leader Josef Stalin, when he called the press "the enemy of the people." The phrase was so dangerous, Flake explained, that Stalin's successor prohibited people from using it.
Dr. Kelli Ward, Arizona US Senate Candidate, released a statement on Wednesday in which she said:
Jeff Flake's comparison of President Trump to the brutal dictator Joseph Stalin on the floor of the United States Senate was appalling and an embarrassment to the state of Arizona. Flake's disturbing speech was not only disrespectful to the position and institution he now serves in, it only serves to exacerbate the very problem he claims to be railing against.
Dr. Ward joined the Todd Starnes Show today to discuss Sen. Flake's scathing speech, and even went so far as to say both democrats and republicans need to "come out quickly and denounce Jeff Flake, his statements, and his behavior." Dr. Ward reiterated to Todd Starnes the points made in her earlier-released statement, also adding:
It was pure showboating on his side. He's enamored of being the so-called Republican leader of the resist movement and the never-Trump movement and he is taking advantage of his position as a senator to make these appalling disrespectful terrible statements. Remember that Jeff Flake has been very close to the Castro regime in Cuba and he has never used such harsh language against Cuban dictators as he did today against President Donald Trump.
Listen to the full interview below: