Retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake recently compared President Trump’s treatment of the press to murderous Russian dictator Josef Stalin.
Conservatives, rightfully, weren’t pleased.
Arizona Senate candidate Joe Arpaio now says Flake’s comments could potentially be considered ‘borderline’ treasonous.
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio raised the possibility that Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., may have committed treason by sharply criticizing President Donald Trump this week.
Flake spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday and compared Trump to former Russian dictator Josef Stalin. He is not running for re-election this year and Arpaio is campaigning for the seat.
“I don’t know if Sen. Flake should make some comments against our commander-in-chief. I’m not saying, it could be considered by some a borderline treason-type situation.
More on Flake’s speech, from Washington Times:
In an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” the retiring Arizona Republican and outspoken critic of the president said he’s deeply troubled by how Mr. Trump attacks the media.
“You can talk about crowd size, and this is pretty innocuous if there’s a falsehood. But when you reflexively refer to the press as the ‘enemy of the people’ or ‘fake news,’ that has real damage,” Mr. Flake said. “It has real damage to our standing in the world. And I noted how bad it is for a president to take what was popularized by Joseph Stalin, the ‘enemy of the people,’ to refer to the press.”
Flake’s comments were obviously highly inappropriate.
Is Arpaio right?