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Former CIA Director Brennan Warns of Violence in the Streets

Former CIA Director John Brennan (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Why do people who know absolutely nothing about politics continue to pontificate about politics?

Former CIA Director John Brennan disobeyed one of Mark Twain’s most famous dictums on “Real Time with Bill Maher”: “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

The Hill:

Former CIA Director John Brennan issued one of his most stern rebukes yet of President Trump on Friday night, arguing that the political climate in the country is likely to get worse under his tenure.

“Fundamentally, though, what he’s doing to this country, he’s dividing us … He’s dividing Americans,” Brennan said of the president during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

“So I’m really concerned that as he continues to play to his base, he’s further dividing us, and I’m really concerned about whether this could spill over into the streets,” he said.

He’s “really concerned,” just as most people who don’t know anything about politics are. It’s interesting that he mentioned violence in the streets on this, the 50th anniversary of the “Days of Rage” that blew up the Democratic convention in 1968. That convention and the violence that surrounded it defined the New Left and that generation of activists.

So could it really happen today? Those were entirely different times. America was a different country, young people were different, and the issues were a matter of life and death for many.

As much as the left tries to gin up hysteria about Trump killing people or being a threat to kill people, it’s not working. As much as they try to make him out to be worse than Nixon, few outside of the rabid left believe it. There is very little chance of large-scale violence in the streets, such as what happened in Chicago 50 years ago with tens of thousands demonstrating and thousands fighting police. The passion just isn’t there.

What Brennan and other anti-Trump hysterics are really saying when they tell us that Trump will cause riots is that they hope it happens. They see massive street demonstrations with people being maimed and killed as the best way to get rid of Trump.

Their wishful thinking says more about their lack of character and empathy than it says about Trump.