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Thu Aug 2, 2018, 04:03 PM

2/27/17 Business Insider Trump's saying 'enemy of the people'-but the phrase has a very ugly history

https://www.businessinsider.com/history-of-president-trumps-phrase-an-enemy-of-the-people-2017-2

Over the last two weeks, President Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to media outlets that he dubbed the "fake news media" as " the enemy of the American People ."

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Though the phrase dates back to Roman times and the reign of Emperor Nero (who was declared "an enemy of the people " by the Roman Senate), it came into use in the modern period during the French Revolution. Ennemi du peuple was used to refer to those who disagreed with the new French government during the "Reign of Terror," a period during which thousands of revolutionairies were executed by guillotine.

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It gained its widest use by Joseph Stalin during the early years of the Soviet Union. In the nation's early years, Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin used the term vrag naroda (enemy of the nation/people) to refer to those who disagreed with the ideologies pushed forth by the Bolshevik government and, later, adopted by the newly-formed Soviet Union. This could include anyone from the clergy who did not want to adopt state-enforced atheism to writers to political opposition that questioned the ideologies of the new government. Later picked up by Stalin, such a designation could mean immediate imprisonment or removal to a labour camp.

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"The formula 'enemy of the people was specifically introduced for the purpose of physically annihilating such individuals," Khrushchev said in a 1956 speech to the Soviet Communist Party .

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Thu Aug 2, 2018, 04:06 PM

1. Separation of Church and State

I need not endorse religious beliefs, nor attack, by "your deeds I will Know you."

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Thu Aug 2, 2018, 07:31 PM

2. Kick

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