Retired U.S. Air Force four-star general Michael Hayden didn't mince words when it comes to Donald Trump's "outrageous assault on truth, the free press and the first amendment."
And as one four-star general noted plainly and disturbingly, they call into question who we even are overall as a nation.
Retired U.S. Air Force General Michael Hayden, who also served as Director of the National Security Agency and later of the CIA, offered a stunning assessment of how Trump’s lies and hostility to the first amendment make him view his life’s work in service to the country if they now represent who we truly are.
Trump petulantly lashed out at CNN International Saturday night, calling it “a major source of (Fake) news,” and saying that “they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly.”
Hayden’s response was chilling:
If this is who we are or who we are becoming, I have wasted 40 years of my life. Until now it was not possible for me to conceive of an American President capable of such an outrageous assault on truth, a free press or the first amendment.
— Gen Michael Hayden (@GenMhayden) November 26, 2017
That a man who spent decades in the military, earning over two dozen awards and decorations, and served another decade in the intelligence community, fears all of his years of service could come to be for nought in the Trump era is nothing short of frightening.
Hayden has given over 40 years of his life in service to the nation, through multiple administrations both Republican and Democratic.
Trump has spent less than one year of his life in ostensible service to the country, which he has used as little more than a massive ego-boosting, self-aggrandizing — though failing — business opportunity.
If distinguished Americans like Hayden are worried that the damage Trump is doing to the foundation of the country could upend all their years of work to bolster it, the rest of us ought to take grave notice.