Kerry rips political 'so-called leaders' operating in 'fact-less world'

Kerry rips political 'so-called leaders' operating in 'fact-less world'
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Former Secretary of State John Kerry ripped America's current political leaders on Sunday, describing them as “so-called leaders” who are “operating in a fact-less world.”

Kerry, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” said today's political climate contrasts with leadership seen under the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMellman: Where are good faith and integrity? GOP senator says Republicans didn't control Senate when they held majority Pence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech MORE (R-Ariz.) who died last week after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

"You work to implement our democracy by reaching out across the aisle, by building relationships, by believing in the better angels of American value system. And I think John McCain did that. I did that, others have done that,” Kerry said.

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“But right now we have a culture divide that has been accentuated by political so-called leaders,” he continued. “And what they're doing is they're operating in a fact-less world.”

Kerry, who was the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, has been a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE and his administration.

Kerry recently has criticized Trump over his controversial summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his comments slamming NATO allies and his decision to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance.

Trump, in turn, has taken shots at Kerry.

In May, the president lashed out at Kerry on Twitter following reports that the former secretary of State met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in an attempt to save the Iran nuclear deal.

“The United States does not need John KerryJohn Forbes KerryWarren taps longtime aide as 2020 campaign manager In Virginia, due process should count more than blind team support Trump will give State of Union to sea of opponents MORE’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal,” the president wrote on Twitter. “He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!”

When pressed Sunday about the tweet, Kerry responded, “America and our democracy are more thoughtful than dishonest tweets.”