(PJMedia) -- On Wednesday, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) stood up on the Senate floor and compared President Donald Trump to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. The link? Both used the phrase "enemy of the people" to refer to a hostile press.
"It is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Joseph Stalin to describe his enemies," Flake declared. "It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase 'enemy of the people' that even Nikita Khrushchev forbade its use, telling the Soviet Communist Party that the phrase had been introduced by Stalin for the purpose of annihilating such individuals who disagreed with the supreme leader."
Flake is correct that President Trump used the phrase "enemy of the people" — or rather, "enemy of the American people" — to describe certain news outlets. This hyper-charged rhetoric is part of the president's rhetorical style, however, not part of a systematic attempt to silence dissent the way Stalin did.
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