Ex-CIA Director Agrees With Belief Republicans Are the Most 'Dangerous' Political Force — Sparks Reaction


Former CIA Director Michael Hayden received criticism after agreeing with a statement about Republicans.

Financial Times columnist Edward Luce tweeted on Thursday, “I’ve covered extremism and violent ideologies around the world over my career.”

He added, “Have never come across a political force more nihilistic, dangerous and contemptible than today’s Republicans. Nothing close.”

Hayden replied, “I agree. And I was the CIA Director.”

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His response sparked several reactions on Twitter.

Senior Writer at RealClearInvestigations, Mark Hemingway, tweeted, “A former CIA director is saying ‘today’s Republicans’ are worse than ISIS and more dangerous — which implies they should be treated similarly.”

He continued, “Aside from grossly irresponsible and delusional rhetoric condemning millions of Americans, it does explain recent foreign policy.”

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Conservative radio host Erick Erickson argued that “these sorts of tweets and the underlying one do more damage to the nation than Trump’s statements.”

He added, “They reinforce for about half the country that the media, cultural, and governmental elite view them with disdain and they will get no fair hearing on their concerns.”

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Hayden’s tweet comes just days after he appeared to suggest that former President Donald Trump should be executed after the FBI’s raid of Mar-a-Lago, as The New York Post noted.

NBC News presidential historian Michael Beschloss tweeted, “Rosenbergs were convicted for giving U.S. nuclear secrets to Moscow, and were executed June 1953.”

The former CIA director responded, “Sounds about right.”

Hayden previously served as director of the CIA from 2006 to 2008 and the director of the NSA from 1999 to 2005.

PBS noted Hayden, as head of the NSA, “Developed the administration’s highly controversial warrantless wiretapping program.”

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