Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden took to Twitter on Friday to mock Donald Trump Jr., after the president’s son compared the Democratic National Committee to the Nazi Party of the 1930s.
“Surprising views from such an accomplished scholar,” Hayden, a retired U.S. Air Force four-star general, wrote.
Hayden’s tweet came after Trump Jr. made the comparison as he co-hosted the Washington, D.C., premiere of Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie, “Death of a Nation.”
In the documentary, which opens nationally Friday, the conservative documentarian argues Trump — who in May granted D’Souza a full pardon on his 2014 plea to violating federal campaign finance laws — is a modern-day Abraham Lincoln. And he says Democrats compare to fascist regimes like the Nazi Party.
In an interview with One America News Network, a conservative cable news network, Trump Jr. said:
“I have been out hearing the left talking about all these things, fascism, Nazism on the right, and when you look at the actual history of how these things evolved and … that platform vs. the platform of the modern left, you say, ‘Wait a minute; those two are heavily aligned and frankly contrary to the right.’
“And so it’s really more about just having actual, real history being out there. … When you look at a movie you’ll see there’s a very distinct and clear difference between what actually happened and what’s being sold to our youth today. …
“You see the Nazi platform from the early 1930s, and what was actually put out there, and you look at it compared to the DNC platform of today, you’re saying, ‘Man, those things are awfully similar. To a point where it’s actually scary.'”
Trump Jr., who attended the premiere with his girlfriend, former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, added that “one of the most striking things” he took from D’Souza’s film was the notion of history being the “exact opposite of what you’ve been told.”
“When you have a bunch of kids in dreadlocks running around screaming about fascism and all these things, it’s like, wait a second, have you actually taken a history class? Do you actually know what these words mean?” he said.
“I think they don’t but they’re able to get away with that because academia mainstream media, they’ll sell the same false narrative and they’ve been doing it effectively for quite some time.”
Hayden’s blast at Trump Jr. comes two weeks after it was announced that Trump was investigating whether to revoke the security clearances of as many as six former Obama administration security officials including Hayden, John Brennan and Susan Rice, because of their “baseless” criticisms.
Also attending the red carpet premiere were Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, producer Gerald R. Molen, former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, and Sebastian Gorka, former deputy assistant to the president.
D’Souza’s movie is rated PG-13 for “strong thematic material including violence/disturbing images, some language and brief drug use.”
It stars D’Souza as himself, and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” actor Pavel Kríz as Adolf Hitler, and James McVan, who played Lou Gehrig in “The Catcher Was a Spy” as Otto Günsche, an SS officer and aide to Hitler.
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