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Brennan on Shutdown: 'Trump Has Been Reaching into the Authoritarian's Toolbox'

Brennan on Shutdown: 'Trump Has Been Reaching into the Authoritarian's Toolbox'

Friday on MSNBC’s “Deadline,” former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan said President Donald Trump lacked the “gene of empathy.”

Brennan said, “I think Donald Trump has been reaching into the authoritarian’s toolbox for quite some time in terms of delegitimizing the press, undermining the institutions of government, trying to corrupt and control the institutions of law enforcement and intelligence.

And he’s again fabricating—that leads to real crises, crisis of confidence in the government, crisis of confidence among federal workers.

The fact 40 percent of the federal civil workforce is now furloughed, some of them working without pay, but many are not working at all.

He added, “So this is something I think Donald Trump really does not—I think he comprehends it but doesn’t care, because he lacks that gene of empathy.

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