Last week, President Donald Trump stripped former CIA director John Brennan of his security clearance, causing Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to proclaim “Trump’s a dictator!” on the Senate floor. That’s when conservative actor James Woods dropkicked the foolish Senator into next week.
Last week, President Donald Trump stripped former CIA director John Brennan of his security clearance. The White House has said Trump is weighing the possibility of taking the same action for several former intelligence officials, including former FBI Director James Comey and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
President Trump has ordered former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance to be revoked. The announcement was made by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday. Brennan served in the Obama administration. He was CIA director from 2013 to 2017.
“Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility,” Sanders told reporters in her opening remarks at Wednesday’s press briefing. The White House announced in the end of July that it was “exploring” the possibility of revoking the security clearances of several former intelligence officials who have criticized Mr. Trump. [Source: CBS News]
Trump’s move to revoke Brennan’s security clearance angered Democrats, most notably Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who said the move was driven by “spite and malice” and meant to silence a critic. “The abuse of the powers of public office to silence critics, punish political enemies is exactly what goes on in dictatorships in banana republics and we’re not one of those, thank God,” Schumer said from the Senate floor.
Schumer added that the action against Brennan, who has emerged as a vocal critic of President Trump, was a “gratuitous act of political retribution taken out of spite and malice.” Schumer said, “It was an attempt to silence critics of the president, something the president regularly tries to do usually unsuccessfully.”
Schumer called such a move “appalling” and “out of bounds,” questioning if Trump would next try to revoke the security clearances of individuals working on special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the 2016 election. “There’s enormous potential for gross abuse of presidential power. Congress on a bipartisan basis ought to make sure that the president does not politicize the security clearance process,” he said.
Schumer’s speech comes as Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee, filed an amendment on Monday that would limit Trump’s ability to revoke a security clearance unilaterally. But that measure faces an uphill fight to getting a vote as part of the Senate’s debate on a mammoth Defense, Health and Human Services, Education and Labor spending bill. [Source: The Hill]
While Schumer’s dramatic performance on the Senate floor may have resonated with his misguided Democratic cronies, others were less than impressed. As he can always be expected to do, conservative actor James Woods stepped in to educate Schumer about “exactly what goes on in dictatorships.”
“No, Senator,” Woods tweeted. “What goes on in dictatorships is that people like you insult leaders and end up in lime pits. In a Republic like ours, you can yap away, as you are wont to do, and get to ride in private jets. So stop the hyperbole.”
Indeed, if the Trump presidency were a dictatorship, Schumer would not be allowed to mouth off on the Senate floor as he likes to do. No one would be allowed to criticize the president. We know all too well, though, that Trump has faced more criticism from his opponents than perhaps any other president in history. To call him a dictator is just absurd.