This past Sunday, on MSNBC, Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) was quoted as comparing Trump’s labeling of “fake news” as the “enemy of the people” to that of Josef Stalin’s harsh policy on the freedom of press or more accurately the lack of it during his reign as dictator over the Soviet Union.

 

The senator goes on to attempt to justify his comparison by asserting Trump “borrowed that phrase”, going on to point out that “it was popularized by Josef Stalin, used by Mao as well.” As he seems to neglect that both of these dictators are responsible for the death of millions of their own citizens, this makes their rhetoric or “popularized phrases” a small fraction of the actions they took during their respective durations as dictators of communist regimes. As it is honestly hard to relate Stalin, whom was a brutal nondemocratic leader, to a democratically elected Trump whom is easily accountable to the checks and balances of the U.S. Constitution, these ignorant comparisons are made nonetheless. What does this say about todays American political landscape? Nothing good.

 

As this is not the first time a President has been compared to an infamous dictator, this comparison is a notable difference in that it comes from within the President’s own party and this comparison surely supported by the whole of the Democratic Party. This is the problem with making such divisive comments. It makes for an even more partisan government that already suffers from this issue along party lines and even within the Republican party.

 

Making these sort of comments about your counterpart makes it ever more difficult to work with them on resolving important issues for the American people such as healthcare and immigration to name a few broad ones.  

 

Political grandstanding does not help the average American but something that potentially helps them is the new and simplified tax plan Trump signed last December. Basically, if your answer to seeing these decisions and promised changes, made by the Trump and his administration, is to compare the President to Stalin, a man responsible for literally starving millions of his people to death, then it isn’t Trump that is erroneous in expressing his frustration at the constant negative media about him. Rather, it is you, the democrat or the RHINO “republican”, that is a detriment to the success of this government for the American people.

 

With that, there is only one question left to ask. If the Democratic Party is standing “united” and threatening the shutdown of a government that is at least trying to keep its promises to the majority of people whom elected them simply because of their dislike of Donald Trump for what he stands for, is President Trump really the problem?