Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, a former executive of both a CIA and NSA, has called out a Republican Party as nonconformist and dangerous, on an rare level.
Hayden was responding Wednesday to an Aug. 11 twitter from publisher and author Edward Luce, who said: “I’ve lonesome extremism and aroused ideologies around a universe over my career. Have never come opposite a domestic force some-more nihilistic, dangerous cowardly than today’s Republicans. Nothing close.”
“I agree. And we was a CIA Director,” Hayden tweeted.
The twitter sparked evident discuss online, and had some-more than 35,000 “likes” in a initial 3 hours.
Hayden, a late Air Force ubiquitous who was named executive of a National Security Agency underneath a Clinton administration and CIA executive by former President George W. Bush, was among 5 former tip troops officials who penned a USA Today op-ed final month warning that American democracy “is in genuine peril” following a Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol revolt and a approach a Republican celebration has embraced swindling theorists, 2020 choosing deniers and nonconformist elements.
“For those of us focused on domestic security, a army of sovereignty now trump normal unfamiliar threats, hands down,” they wrote, citing an shocking investigate progressing this year that found one in 3 Americans trust assault opposite a supervision could be justified.
A series of distinguished Republicans have assimilated Hayden in decrying a state of a Republican Party and Donald Trump’s degree of influence in it. On Wednesday, Rep. Liz Cheney — who mislaid her Wyoming Republican primary Tuesday for hostile Trump — vowed to quarrel to forestall Trump from apropos boss again.
“I am positively going to continue this battle,” she told NBC News. “It’s a many critical thing I’ve ever been concerned in, and we consider it’s positively a many critical thing, challenge, that a republic has faced in new history, and maybe given a Civil War. And it’s one that we contingency win.”
Separately, former Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday pleaded with associate Republicans to tinge down their tongue opposite a FBI following final week’s hunt of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
Law coercion officials have warned in new days that indignant difference from Trump and his allies are putting agents, officers and sovereign employees during risk of violence. Violent tongue might have contributed to during slightest dual deadly encounters with law coercion over a past week.