Brennan: "We're No Longer The World's Role Model For Democracy," Republicans Will Exploit Fears To Win

Former CIA Director John Brennan warned that political wars will test our democracy and encouraged Americans to "return to our principles" in an interview on Monday with MSNBC host Joy Reid. Brennan said Republicans will use their "dishonest ways" to get away with the "Big Lie," that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election. "Over the last several years, I think we've all exhausted all the words and phrases in the English language to describe the moral bankruptcy of the leading members of the Republican party, including of course Donald Trump," Brennan said. "Their whole party platform these days is based on dishonesty," he continued. "They continue to try to exploit those fears and those concerns of a lot of American citizens. And they are hoping with their dishonest ways, they're going to be able to sway them with this Big Lie." "They don't care about integrity anymore," Brennan said of Trump-supporting Republicans. "I must say that we're no longer the world's role model for democracy," Brennan declared. "Given the authoritarian tendencies of the Republican party, it is quite clear that the Republicans I think are trying to resort to any tactic possible and I am concerned that what we saw on January 6th could that be replicated in the future?" "Are there individuals who are going to try to stoke those fears to such an extent that some people will try to take action into their own hands? In interviews over the weekend, I heard individuals say they see a civil war coming. the cost of this fear they have that they're going to again resort to any tactic whatsoever in order to hold on to what I think is their failing ability to hold on to power," Brennan said. Brennan's commentary: <blockquote>BRENNAN: Over the last several years, I think we've all exhausted all the words and phrases in the English language to describe the moral bankruptcy of the leading members of the Republican party, including of course Donald Trump. I think each day we have more evidence of that bankruptcy and it's not just their rhetoric that we should be concerned about. I think they really are laying the groundwork for the elections in 2022 and 2024. Their whole party platform these days is based on dishonesty. They continue to try to exploit those fears and those concerns of a lot of American citizens. And they are hoping with their dishonest ways, they're going to be able to sway them with this Big Lie. The fact that Steve Scalise continues to refuse to acknowledge that Joe Biden is the president of the United States I think really does show just how much the Republican party has devolved at this point, the leadership and with rare exceptions a few others -- Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, a few others -- all the Republicans seem to be lining up behind Donald Trump. They don't care about integrity anymore... They know the demographic and political trends are against them so they continue exploit the fears of a lot of individuals in this country by overstating the concerns that a lot of people have about what is happening in this country in terms of migration and other types economic issues and other things. But I must say that we're no longer the world's role model for democracy. Given the authoritarian tendencies of the Republican party, it is quite clear that the Republicans I think are trying to resort to any tactic possible and I am concerned that what we saw on January 6th could that be replicated in the future? Are there individuals who are going to try to stoke those fears to such an extent that some people will try to take action into their own hands? In interviews over the weekend, I heard individuals say they see a civil war coming. the cost of this fear they have that they're going to again resort to any tactic whatsoever in order to hold on to what I think is their failing ability to hold on to power.</blockquote>