Jeff Flake, a Republican senator from Arizona plans to give a speech this Wednesday which Trump's base will not like. He compares Trump's attack on real journalism with comments made by despots like Stalin who also regarded the free press as "the enemy of the people" Flake, or course, understands that the free press is fundamental to any democratic form of governance. His speech places Trump's award show in its proper role. It is part of his attack on our democracy. The quote below from Flake's speech is worth repeating for everyone who prefers democracy to autocracy:
Despotism is the enemy of the people. The free press is the despot's enemy.