Former CIA Director John Brennan declared on MSNBC Monday that he is “increasingly embarrassed to be a white male.”
Brennan made the awkward comment during a segment blasting Republicans for supposedly pushing “false and misleading” accounts of the January 6 Capitol Hill riot at CPAC over the weekend.
The panel was discussing reports that a number of antifa and Black Lives Matter agitators had infiltrated the protest and instigated some of the violence.
After host Nicolle Wallace accused Republicans of being hypocritical and not caring about the lives of the Capitol police officers, Brennan said, “well I must say … I’m increasingly embarrassed to be a white male these days in light of what I see my other white males saying.”
After Brennan made that mortifying confession, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace broke out in giggles.
“It just shows, with very few exceptions like (Sen.) Mitt Romney, (Rep) Liz Cheney, (Rep.) Adam Kinzinger, there are so few Republicans in Congress who value truth, honesty, and integrity, and so they’ll continue to gaslight the country the way that Donald Trump did,” Brennan continued.
The Former CIA head argued that the allegedly false Republican counternarrative has safety and security implications for the American public and the members of Congress.
“It is just a disgusting display of craven politics that really should have no place in the United States in 2021,” Brennan intoned.
Trump Campaign advisor Steve Cortes quipped in a tweet that he was embarrassed that Brennan wasn’t indicted for lying when he “hacked our own Senate.”
Cortes was referring to that time in 2014 when Brennan told Congress that the CIA did not illegally accessed the the computers of U.S. Senate staffers who were at the time exploring a CIA role in torturing detainees.
He also lied about the matter to NBC’s Andrea Mitchell: “As far as the allegations of the CIA hacking into Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth. . . . We wouldn’t do that. I mean, that’s just beyond the, you know, the scope of reason in terms of what we do.”
Brennan’s chronic deceptions drew the ire of a number of liberal senators, some of whom echoed the Washington Post’s call for his immediate resignation. After months of prevarications, but only upon release of the CIA inspector general’s report, Brennan apologized to the senators he had deceived.
American Greatness senior contributor and columnist Victor Davis Hanson has highlighted many of Brennan’s other lapses in “truth, honesty, and integrity.”
In written testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, Brennan in May of 2017 falsely claimed that he had briefed each member of the so-called Gang of Eight about “Russian attempts to interfere in the election” between August 11, 2016 and September 6, 2016.
At the time, the Gang of Eight—congressional leaders who are briefed on classified intelligence matters by the executive branch—was comprised of Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Representatives Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
Brennan, in May 2017, as an ex-CIA director, again almost certainly did not tell the truth to Congress when he testified in answer to Representative Trey Gowdy’s questions that he neither knew who had commissioned the Steele dossier nor had the CIA relied on its contents for any action. Yet both the retired National Security Agency director, Michael Rogers, and the former director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, have conceded that the Steele dossier — along with the knowledge that it was a Clinton-campaign-funded product — most certainly did help shape the Obama’s intelligence communality interagency assessments and actions, often under the urging of Brennan himself.
In written testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, Brennan also appears to have lied about briefing the so-called Gang of Eight about “Russian attempts to interfere in the election” sometime in the late summer of 2016.
Rep. Devin Nunes(R-Calif.) who was then the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a member of the Gang of Eight, along with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), claimed in 2019 that neither he nor Ryan were personally briefed on the issue.
“Disgusting displays of craven politics” may have “no place in the United States in 2021,” but they they sure seemed to have from 2011 to 2017 when when he was trying to avoid accountability for abusing his power.