Former CIA director John Brennan expressed his “concerns about some of this rhetoric that’s coming from the Left” in an interview with Kennedy Institute’s Getting To The Point program series with Juliette Kayyem.
“I am concerned about some of this rhetoric that’s coming from the Left,” Brennan said.
“Again, I think ideologues on both ends of the political spectrum are dangerous, and there are individuals on the Left who are engaging in vigilantism themselves that fall under this broad rubric of Antifa, anti-fascist elements. But I do think that ideologues are just blind to reality, and they do not look for ways to allow people from across that political spectrum to live peacefully together.”
“I am concerned that, including some politicians in Congress who are far left, are just, I think, almost stoking these concerns that people have that America is sliding into a socialist state,” continued Brennan.
“I don’t believe it is, but I think the rhetoric and the words that politicians use need to be very carefully crafted, because some of the statements that are made tends to provoke counterattacks from the other side and that, again, just separates us into left- and right-wing in this county.”