Retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake took aim at President Donald Trump Wednesday in a Senate floor speech, marking the second such excoriation by the Arizona Republican.
According to CNN, Flake primarily distanced himself from Trump’s frequent dismissal of unflattering media reports as “fake news.”
“No longer can we compound attacks on truth with our silent acquiescence. No longer can we turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to these assaults on our institutions,” the senator said.
Flake went on to say that any president unwilling to take criticism and “who must find someone else to blame” is “charting a very dangerous path.”
Comparing his rhetoric to that used by Joseph Stalin during his brutal reign over the former Soviet Union, Flake noted that phrases like “enemy of the people” were later disavowed by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.
While his outspokenness against the president has led some to speculate that Flake is mounting his own 2020 primary bid to take on Trump, Flake recently said he won’t “rule anything out” but has no current plans for a White House bid.