• The Guardian has been encouraging more prominent figures to speak out against Donald Trump. Colin Powell recently joined the chorus of resignations, saying that the president had put the country on the brink of nuclear war. Rhodes, 70, is a Rhodes scholar who served as deputy national security adviser to Barack Obama. He is considered a leading Republican voice on foreign policy.
• Rhodes received 30 memos each day as a form of international communication during Obama’s presidency. “I saw his ability to get his message across via email to an unrivaled degree,” he said. “It was the only way to communicate to reporters, and that becomes a third party when it comes to what’s happening with this country.”
• Rhodes says a civil war, if it breaks out, will take more than a “real estate change”. “The president’s rhetoric has already resulted in tragedy in this country, and by both parties. In 1967 there was a racial strike in Memphis and the mayor of Memphis told the city workers to disobey federal judges and give back eight weeks’ pay. Black folks from Memphis were slaughtered and their bodies thrown out of this church. But that wasn’t enough.
“Sixty years later you have an administration pushing out white nationalists who are unindicted co-conspirators in this family court in New York, talking about the origins of the civil war. How far do we want to go down that road, this destructive path?”