The former senator from Massachusetts went on an anti-Trump tirade at the Harvard Kennedy School commencement.
Before an elite Ivy League crowd at the Harvard Kennedy School’s commencement ceremony on Wednesday, former secretary of state and failed presidential candidate John Kerry proclaimed that he “didn’t come here to be political” before launching into an anti-Trump speech.
“I refuse to self-consciously twist myself into a pretzel and put a contrived mantle of bipartisanship that alleges that both parties are to blame for what’s going on or not going on,” Kerry said, indicating that Republicans were solely to blame for the country’s problems.
“You wouldn’t buy it since so many of you have marched and protested,” Kerry said to the crowd.
Kerry detailed how concerned the rest of the world was as they watched the United States under Trump.
“They see us unilaterally disarming in the battle of values,” said the secretary of state, who worked for an administration that did not respond to Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
Kerry then set his sights firmly on Trump: “No, this is not a normal time. It’s not normal to see a president of the United States decrying ‘so-called judges.’ It’s not normal for the leader of the country that invented the First Amendment to routinely degrade and even threaten journalists. And no, it’s not normal to see the head of the FBI fired summarily because he was investigating connections between Russia and the presidential campaign of the very man who fired him.”
He then compared the political situation in the United States to that of third-world countries.
“This is nothing American about” this moment, Kerry said.
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