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Arizona’s Flake doubles down: Trump’s using anti-media tactics the Soviets rejected as too extreme

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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media are directly comparable to the anti-media tactics of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and were even disavowed by former Russian dictator Nikita Khruschev.

Flake — who has emerged as a leading Republican critic of the president — said in a speech on Sunday that Trump’s attempts to demonize the media as “enemies of the people” are straight from Stalin’s playbook.

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“He borrowed that phrase, it was popularized by Josef Stalin and used by Mao as well,” Flake told Kasie Hunt on Sunday’s edition of “Kasie DC.”

“It should be noted that Nikita Khrushchev, who followed Stalin, forbade its use,” Flake said, “saying that was too loaded, 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 was rejected as too loaded by a Soviet dictator,” he said.

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Trump is ‘a soulless man with a broken mind’: George Conway calls out his wife’s boss in scathing op-ed

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George Conway, the prominent Republican attorney married to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, blasted his wife's boss in a new Washington Post op-ed published online on Friday evening.

"Until three brief months ago, President Trump never faced a serious crisis, at least one not of his own making. But now he has faced two, and is failing two, in short order: the covid-19 pandemic, with its concomitant economic devastation; and now social unrest, and rioting, stemming from the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody," Conway wrote. "Lacking in humanity, Trump has had no idea how to handle either one."

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Fox News triggers outrage with graphic comparing how much stocks have risen after racist tragedies

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On Friday, Fox News displayed a graph that appeared to compare the amount the stock market has risen in the week after various racial tragedies, including the assassination of Martin Luther King, the beating of Rodney King, the Ferguson incident, and the death of George Floyd.

2. Here’s the video of the graphic as it aired on Fox News this evening. pic.twitter.com/Iww2DnzkkI

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Bill Barr denies giving the order to gas protesters for Trump photo-op

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America's top law enforcement office on Friday denied giving the highly-controversial order to gas protesters prior to a photo-op with President Donald Trump holding a Bible.

"Attorney General William Barr says law enforcement officers were already moving to push back protesters from a park in front of the White House when he arrived there Monday evening, and he says he did not give a command to disperse the crowd, though he supported the decision," The Associated Press reports.

"Barr’s comments in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday were his most detailed explanation yet of what unfolded outside the White House earlier this week. They come after the White House and others said repeatedly that the attorney general ordered officers to clear the park," the AP reported. "Shortly after officers aggressively pushed back demonstrators, President Donald Trump — accompanied by Barr, Pentagon leaders and other top advisers — walked through Lafayette Park to pose for a photo at a nearby church that had been damaged during the protests."

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