Former Vice President Al Gore on Friday called the GOP's strategy to defund Obamacare "political terrorism."
Speaking at the Brookings Institution, Gore called it a "despicable and dishonorable threat to the United States of America" for Republicans to risk shutting down the government if they don't get what they want.
Gore's comments echo senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer, who on Thursday likened the GOP to someone with "a bomb strapped to their chest" demanding a ransom.
Gore attributed the intransigence in Washington to the influence of special interests who have "hacked" the American political system.
“American democracy has been hacked," Gore said. "That’s a computer word as you know, which refers to somebody taking over the operating system of a computer and making it do things that the owner of the computer doesn’t want it to do.”
Gore also said politics is turning off qualified people and attracting people who are damaging American government -- alluding specifically to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
“Some that I wish were not in politics are speaking for long stretches of time," Gore said, clearly referring to Cruz's 21-hour marathon speech this week on defunding Obamacare.
Congress has until Monday to come to an agreement on funding the government.