MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace asked the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency to explain President Donald Trump if he were leading a foreign country.
The “Deadline: White House” host interviewed John Brennan on Tuesday.
“If you were still doing intel work, and you went in to brief a president about a country that’s taken this swerve and their immigration policies are so severe that they are talking about rounding up families, that they are not pressing pause because that is a moral violation, but because they couldn’t iron out the logistics … what kind of assessment would you give a policymaker if you were looking at America like a blind test, you didn’t know it was America?” Wallace asked. “You just saw someone putting in place these kinds of policies.”
“I think we’ve seen it throughout the course of history, these authoritarian, tyrannical leaders will do anything to preserve power and to try to prevent any opposition or issue develop that could hurt them,” Brennan replied.
“Words escape me to try to describe the depth of the cruelty, the immorality and lack of empathy that this administration, I think embodied by Mr. Trump, shows to young children and to families,” he continued. “It just shows he has this very unemotional, again, unempathetic approach.”
“What does it say when you’re examining a leader who has cruelty at the center of the policy like this and everyone around him goes along. Does that leader become more ominous?” Wallace asked. “What eventually stops a leader like that?”
“It becomes much more worrisome, because they feel empowered and because they have surrounded themselves with the sycophants, with the individuals that will allow him or her to do this. If I were briefing a president about an authoritarian leader, I would say this is the track they are on and the trends are not good and we can expect to see more of this, because he feels as though he can do it with impunity,” Brennan explained.
“Unfortunately, Mr. Trump continues to go down this road. Not only will his staff and members of the cabinet support him, but the quislings in the Senate and House in terms of Republicans and what Lindsey Graham and others are saying now in terms of flouting the law, I think this just puffs up Mr. Trump’s chest to say I can do this. Damn be the law, damn be what American values are,” he continued. “It’s really disconcerting and it should be to all of us.”
“And what is coming down the pike between now and 2020, God only knows. He probably doesn’t know either,” Brennan added.
‘Comically ridiculous’: Kayleigh McEnany sparks outrage by comparing Trump to Winston Churchill
At Wednesday's White House briefing, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany compared President Donald Trump's church photo-op stunt to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill inspecting bombing damage during the Nazi raids in World War II.
Kayleigh compares the President’s photo op to Churchill inspecting bombing damage pic.twitter.com/KP5ovHMYzI
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 3, 2020
Team Trump ‘running for cover’ after attempt to crack down on protests results in ‘humiliation’: conservative columnist
Writing in the Washington Post this Wednesday, columnist Jennifer Rubin writes that the "tear-gassing of peaceful protesters, the debasement of St. John’s Episcopal Church, the wholly inappropriate participation of the defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the goose step across Lafayette Square" were actually President Trump's way of compensating for reports that he retreated to an underground bunker when protesters got close to the White House.
Rubin points to Trump's claim that he went to the bunker for an "inspection." But according to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, he had no idea where Trump and the rest of his entourage were going.
Marie-Antoinette and lover’s censored letters deciphered
Love letters between the ill-fated French queen Marie-Antoinette and her lover, which contain key passages rendered illegible by censor marks, have been deciphered using new techniques, the French National Archives said on Wednesday.
The revealed passages are further confirmation of the steamy relationship between Marie-Antoinette and Count de Fersen, who were writing to each other two years after the 1789 French revolution.
At the time, the queen and King Louis XVI were living under surveillance in the Parisian Tuileries palace and had just failed to escape their house arrest.