John Kerry: Culture Divide Worsened By "So-Called Leaders" Who "Operate In A Fact-Less World"

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Former Secretary of State John Kerry says he's "really not thinking about" running for president in 2020, but analyzed what the future might hold for the Democratic Party.

On Martha's Vineyard, former Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry was asked by CBS's Brennan, "Why would you want to leave here and go on the campaign trail?"

"Because we need to," he replied. "I don't want to, I need to. You've got to take the time to invest in citizenship. It's that simple."





Kerry also ripped America's current political leaders on Sunday, describing them as “so-called leaders” who are “operating in a factless world.”

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.

“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.”

"So he really, unfortunately, and I say this sadly — you know, more often than not, he really just doesn't know what he's talking about," Kerry said about the president. "He makes things up, and he's making that up as he has other things."

Trump most recently lashed out at Kerry in May, after it was reported that had been speaking with foreign leaders about the Iran nuclear deal.

"John Kerry — not the best negotiator we've ever seen. He never walked away from the table except to be in that bicycle race where he fell and broke his leg," Trump said at a National Rifle Association event, referring to a 2015 incident in which Kerry crashed his bike. Kerry said Trump's "unpredictability" usually does not play well when dealing with foreign policy issues like the Iran nuclear deal.



Kerry, who is promoting his book "Every Day is Extra" ahead of its release Tuesday, added there could be a return to bipartisanship in politics "by believing in the better angels of [the] American value system."

"Right now we have a culture divide that has been accentuated by political so-called leaders," he said. "And what they're doing is they're operating in a fact-less world."

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