Retired Army lieutenant colonel Ralph Peters compares Donald Trump's 'clownish antics' to Russia propaganda
CNN's Anderson Cooper and retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (U.S. Army) (Photo: Screen capture)

Former Fox News analyst and retired general Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, said that President Donald Trump is the biggest "entertainer" in America.

On Tuesday President Trump tweeted that there was no collusion in the Mueller investigation.

President Trump tweeted: "Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!"

Peters said that even if there was no collusion, several crimes were still committed.

"A strategy of desperation, if a strategy at all. Collusion outright may not be a crime in and of itself, but, Anderson, treason is a crime. Collaborating and conspiring with a hostile foreign power against the United States is a crime," Peters said.

Peters warned Americans to remain focused.

"We must focus on that question and not be diverted by clownish antics, because Trump is a brilliant entertainer," Peters said. "In a peculiar way, he may be history's greatest entertainer. He commands global headlines every single day, and we make a mistake of thinking about him as a politician or a leader when he is an entertainer. And by allowing ourselves to be constantly entertained, we lose sight of fundamental ethics, values, and security of this nation," he said.

He then compared President Trump's harsh language towards the media to Russia propaganda.

"What a brilliant move it is to attack the press as the enemy of the people. Instead of having the spotlight on Trump and his alleged misdeeds, on his daily misdeeds against this country, it turns against the press," Peters said.

He continued: "The enemy of the people is a loaded term. It does go back to Roman times, but there in the modern era the first person I can find who really used it is Robespierre in the French revolution. A student of Russian affairs, it's the enemy of people in Russia."

"Under Stalin during the purges, if you were called an enemy of the people, it was a death sentence. And given all of Trump's other ties, to Russia and things Russian and people associated with Russia, it hardly seemed a coincidence that he calls our press the enemy of the people," he said.

"Without a free press as our founding fathers recognized, democracy cannot function," he concluded.

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