Former CIA Director Michael Hayden thinks that today’s Republican Party is the most dangerous political force he’s ever seen in his lifetime.
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Hayden was agreeing with a Twitter post by Financial Times associate editor Edward Luce that read: “I’ve covered extremism and violent ideologies around the world over my career. Have never come across a political force more nihilistic, dangerous & contemptible than today’s Republicans. Nothing close.”
The retired US Air Force four-star general wrote: “I agree” before adding “And I was the CIA Director.”
NYPost reports: Hayden was America’s top spy from May 2006 to February 2009, and was one of the 51 former intelligence officials who cast doubt on The Post’s Hunter Biden laptop expose in an October 2020 public letter — which notoriously claimed the reporting had “the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”
Hayden’s remark stunned and appalled many social media users, some of whom pointed out that it played into former President Donald Trump’s theory of a “deep state” inside the federal government.
“SO STRANGE that people think intelligence community leaders might be extra-motivated to nail certain partisan actors and not always led strictly by the facts,” CNN contributor Mary Katharine Ham tweeted sarcastically in response to Hayden.
“This says more about the CIA than it does about Republicans,” tweeted Breitbart editor-at-large Joel Pollak.
“So ‘today’s Republicans’ are more dangerous than ISIS, Al-Qaeda, etc?” asked author Matt Taibbi. “Given that you used drones to assassinate members of the latter groups, do you think that’s indicated here?”
“The man who was director of the NSA on 9/11 has thoughts,” deadpanned The Federalist senior editor David Harsanyi.
Last week, Hayden appeared to imply that Trump should be executed for taking classified documents to Mar-a-Lago following the FBI’s raid on the 45th president’s Florida resort.
The shocking remark was in response to historian Michael Beschloss, who posted an image of notorious spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg — who Beschloss noted were “convicted for giving U.S. nuclear secrets to Moscow, and were executed June 1953.”
“Sounds about right,” Hayden wrote.