Gen. Michael Hayden says Trump Jr. suggesting a conspiracy theory of people at the highest levels of government who don't want to let 'America be America' is an "appeal to the heart of autocracy" https://t.co/dDCBfPWycY

— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) December 20, 2017

byIan Hanchett19 Dec 20170

On Tuesday’s “CNN Tonight,” General Michael Hayden (Ret.), who served as Director of the NSA and the CIA, reacted to Donald Trump Jr. saying “There is, and there are, people at the highest levels of government that don’t want to let America be America” by stating such rhetoric “an appeal to the heart of autocracy.”

Hayden said Trump Jr.’s statement is “a little scary. I mean, that is an appeal to the heart of autocracy. And challenging the patriotism of those folks who work in the United States government, look, we’ve got good institutions in this country. They’re imperfect. They make mistakes. We have imperfect people who send messages they shouldn’t send. But that in no way undercuts of these institutions. And we’re now seeing a constant attack, not just from the administration, but…from other members of the Republican Party attacking the institutions of American government. it’s those institutions, the rule of law, the processes that keep us a free people.”

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