Nina Kruscheva, an international affairs professor at New York’s The New School and granddaughter of Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev, has drawn parallels between President Donald Trump and the USSR’s Joseph Stalin.
“Here, President Trump defined ‘fake news’ the way Joseph Stalin defined ‘enemies of the people’: if they offer a slightest objection to his rule they must be wrong,” Kruscheva told the Washington Examiner. “And they must be silenced.”
Kruscheva’s comments came on the heels of Trump’s latest attacks on the media, when on Wednesday he threatened to “challenge” NBC’s license for their reports claiming the president wants to increase the American nuclear arsenal tenfold. Shortly after, he told the White House press pool that he finds it “frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants.”
“Somewhere on the way to his real estate/reality TV career he forgot his lessons in civics and American democracy from high school,” Khrushcheva told The Examiner. “Or maybe he always had an ‘F’ in those subjects; being rich, he didn’t and still doesn’t think they apply to him.”