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As Trump announces 'Fake News Awards,' GOP senators assail his attacks on the press as antidemocratic

As Trump announces 'Fake News Awards,' GOP senators assail his attacks on the press as antidemocratic

On a day President Trump promised to deliver “Fake News Awards,” two Republican senators as well as several Democrats warned on Wednesday that his unceasing attacks on a free press are undermining a fundamental tenet of democracy and emboldening despots abroad.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who has emerged as one of Trump’s fiercest Republican critics, delivered an impassioned speech from the Senate floor, comparing Trump’s anti-press rhetoric to that of the murderous Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and calling on his colleagues to speak out against Trump’s “shameful, repulsive statements.”

Recalling Trump’s first year in office, Flake said, “2017 was a year which saw the truth —...

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