August 17, 2022 09:09 PM
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden endorsed the assessment that Republicans today are the most “dangerous” political force in history.
Edward Luce, the U.S. national editor and columnist at the Financial Times, got the ball rolling Wednesday in a Twitter exchange that comes at a time when the Republican Party has largely rallied behind former President Donald Trump.
“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,” Luce said.
Hayden quote tweeted the observation, writing, “I agree. And I was the CIA Director.”
Hayden, a retired four-star Air Force general who served as director of the National Security Agency and later the CIA under former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, is also the founder of the Hayden Center at George Mason University. He endorsed Joe Biden for president in 2020 in an ad for a group then known as Republican Voters Against Trump.