His message — the newest in a prolonged historical past of outlandish remarks — seems to be an inflammatory contradiction of the First Modification, which protects freedom of faith. Flynn has beforehand drawn backlash for controversial feedback. CNN has reached out to Flynn for remark.
“The Mike Flynn of at present isn’t the Mike Flynn of previous to 2014 that I do know,” former Director of Nationwide Intelligence James Clapper informed CNN Sunday. “So far as I am involved, it is two completely different individuals. He’s clearly unhinged right here with this sort of public assertion.”
Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, a nationwide safety analyst for CNN, equally solid Flynn’s remarks as “a humiliation to the US Military & an aberration to these of us who’ve proudly worn the material of our nation.”
“I am Catholic and do we actually need authorities to drive everybody to go to confession? I received baptized in faculty and people Church programs have been soooo lengthy. Michael Flynn would go to sleep in Church class,” Lieu tweeted.
“It is so stupefying to assume that we had a president of the USA that might entertain these knaves, fools, and harmful authoritarian figures. That is what we have to take a look at the massive image,” he added. “Donald Trump seemed for individuals to facilitate his authoritarian impulse.”
Requested to react to Flynn’s feedback, Democratic Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina informed CNN’s Jim Acosta Sunday, “This nation was (based) on impartial and spiritual freedoms. Of us left to return right here in quest of these freedoms. Now, he would like to see that taken away.” Clyburn went on to say that it is one other try by a former Trump official to undermine democracy.