Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, who served as director of both the CIA and the National Security Agency under multiple presidents, on Tuesday night endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE, saying President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE “doesn't care about facts” and “doesn't keep the country safe.”
Hayden, who suffers from aphasia following a stroke in 2018, pushed through his difficulty talking in the clip for Republican Voters Against Trump because “he feels it’s important to speak out.”
“If there is another term for President Trump, I don’t know what happens to America,” Hayden said in his testimonial. “Truth is really important, but especially in intelligence. “President Trump doesn’t care about facts. President Trump doesn’t care about the truth. He doesn’t listen to his experts.”
Hayden cited the FBI warning about white nationalist groups following congressional testimony from Director Christopher Wray, who said racially motivated violent extremism cases account for the bulk of the bureau's work on domestic terrorist threats.
Trump “doesn’t want to talk” about white nationalism, Hayden said in the clip.
“He doesn't keep the country safe. It's unbelievable,” he added.
The 40-year military veteran also praised foreign alliances as "wonderful" and "win-win” but voiced concern that America “will be alone” without help.
“I absolutely disagree with some of Biden’s policies,” Hayden stated. “But that’s not important. What’s important is the United States and I’m supporting Joe Biden.”
“Biden is a good man. Donald Trump is not,” he concluded.
The ad from the anti-Trump group went viral, quickly racking up more than 2.5 million views on Twitter as of Wednesday morning.
This is what I believe. https://t.co/lp6GW38w0d— Gen Michael Hayden (@GenMhayden) October 7, 2020
Hayden’s message was praised on social media, with analyst and author Joe Cirincione calling it “one of the most powerful ads I have ever seen.”
Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanShould reporters Woodward, Costa have sat on Milley-Trump bombshell for months? Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE, the former National Security Council Ukraine expert who testified during the Trump impeachment hearings, called it a “critically important” message.
“There is a chorus of leaders pleading to save our democracy. These are not people prone to hyperbole,” Vindman wrote. “They know, all to well, what four more years of @realDonaldTrump would do to America.”
Critically important to hear this message from @RVAT2020. There is a chorus of leaders pleading to save our democracy. These are not people prone to hyperbole. They know, all to well, what four more years of @realDonaldTrump would do to America. #Hererightmatters #VoteHimOut https://t.co/Cc9bGVnssX— Alexander S. Vindman (@AVindman) October 6, 2020
Hayden, who primarily served under President George W. Bush, has emerged as a frequent critic of Trump.
He was among 70 former national security officials who served under Republican administrations who endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate in August.