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April 13, 2023
Retired US military general former CIA chief sparked outrage over the weekend by comparing supporters of former President Donald Trump to the Taliban and calling a suggestion to send “the MAGA wearing unvaxxed” to Afghanistan a “good idea.”
Retired four-star Air Force General Michael Hayden on Thursday retweeted a split image of armed militants in a caravan of white pickup trucks with the caption “Their Taliban.” Under that was a picture of cars adorned with Trump 2020 and American flags along a highway. The second image was captioned “Our Taliban.”
Twitter user JoeyG suggested “Can we send the MAGA wearing unvaxxed to Afghanistan, no use sending that plane back empty?” in apparent reference to the US’s evacuation of American nationals and desperate Afghan civilians and translators escaping the Taliban. General Hayton replied “Good idea.”
“Sad and unbecoming even from you, Mike,” replied GOP Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, a combat veteran. Republican operative Scott T. Parkinson bashed the former intel chief for labeling Trump fans “Our Taliban.” “What started out as calling Trump supporters #deplorables has escalated into… Former CIA director Michael Hayden RT’d a tweet comparing Trump supporters to the Taliban,” he wrote on Twitter.
Fox News contributor Sara Carter said Hayden “should be ashamed of himself.” Hayden served a variety of Intel community leadership positions across two White House administrations. He was first appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as Director of the National Security Agency. After staying on through President George W. Bush’s first term he spent a year as Deputy Director of National Intelligence before becoming his CIA director until early 2009.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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