James Clapper’s smear’s against President Trump did not sit well with retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer who bluntly called the former national intelligence director an “idiot.”
“Apparently Jim Clapper is now a is a PhD in analyzing people remotely,” Shaffer told “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday. “Jim Clapper is an idiot.”
“What a shot across the bow and an insult to the president!” Kilmeade remarked, reacting to Clapper’s appearance on CNN Tuesday in which he called President Trump’s speech at a campaign rally in Arizona “downright scary and disturbing” as well as calling into question Trump’s “fitness” for office.
“I’ve briefed that man several times. When I briefed him on very complex operations, you can see this vacant look, he just doesn’t get stuff,” Shaffer said, adding that Clapper was becoming “a political bot.”
“He actually just parrots what he’s told. In this case, I think he’s starting to roll out the new anti-Trump line, that he’s not fit to serve,” Shaffer continued. “This is what the left has become all about. It’s not about facts, it’s about ‘oh I think this may be this, I feel this way about it.’”
Shaffer suggested that Clapper is a “complete poster child for that methodology,” explaining how CNN is using him to see how well the new anti-Trump narrative will resonate with their audience. He also questioned Clapper’s credibility after lying twice under oath, agreeing with Kilmeade that ‘he knows a lot of secrets” and could have been the source of some of the White House leaks that have been aimed at undermining Trump.
A a regular critic of the president, Clapper’s slur against Trump’s ability to lead and remain in office was, in Shaffer’s view, “a trial balloon to see how this narrative plays, because Russia didn’t work, and I don’t think this whole ‘Trump is a supremacist’ is working.”
Clapper told CNN anchor Don Lemon Tuesday that Trump’s rally speach was “just so objectionable on so many levels.”
James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, says he questions President Trump’s fitness for office https://t.co/IRRXg7paZM
— CNN (@CNN) August 23, 2017
The liberal media went into free fall following the president’s appearance in Phoenix Tuesday night, blasting him for his wide-ranging speech that ranged from the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia to the Mexico border wall, North Korea and even the hint of a possible pardon for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted last month of criminal contempt.
But while the incessant personal attacks on the president have lost some of their shock factor, the Trump-bashing by so-called journalists and their assortment of on-air guests continues to unfold. CNN’s Don Lemon hosted a panel of left-wing experts ready to spew anti-Trump propaganda following the president’s speech.
I’m so tired of pundits and so called experts that push their opinion! How about having a real American on shouting our opinions! ????
— ?Robin? (@RZimms) August 23, 2017
Ahhh so CNN is bringing on James Clapper, who lied to Congress that they weren’t being spied on, in order to trash Trump #TTT
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) August 23, 2017
“You know, I’ve toiled in one capacity or another for every president since, and including, John F. Kennedy through President Obama, and I don’t know when I’ve listened and watched something like this from a president that I’ve found more disturbing,” Clapper told Lemon.
James Clapper, the media’s favorite useful idiot with a “former” title.
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) August 23, 2017
“I find this downright scary and disturbing,” he said. “This is not a surprise. It’s interesting to contrast last night’s teleprompter Trump performance versus tonight, which is of course, the ‘real’ Trump, just as it was at the unglued impromptu press conference at Trump Tower.”
But he went on to even question the president’ ability to be a leader and carry out his duties.
“I really question his ability to be, his fitness to be in this office and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it. Maybe he is looking for a way out,” Clapper said.
He then called into question whether Trump could be trusted with access to the nuclear codes.
“In a fit of pique he decides to do something about Kim Jong Un, there’s actually very little to stop him,” Clapper said, noting North Korea’s leader. “The whole system is built to ensure rapid response if necessary. So there’s very little in the way of controls over exercising a nuclear option, which is pretty damn scary.”
Of course, for those on the left, these comments provide more groundless ammunition to use in the ongoing effort to take down the president.
James Clapper,lifelong, level-headed, dedicated public servant, publicly & clearly pained. to say so, questioning Trump’s fitness to serve
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) August 23, 2017
— Jennifer Granholm (@JenGranholm) August 23, 2017
Watched his comments lives last night on CNN. He did not hold back. He’s been critical in the past, but not like this. Turning point.
— Karen Germaine (@KarenGermaine) August 23, 2017
Jim Clapper is the most experienced US intelligence officer of his generation. A serious man not prone to wild statements. Time to worry.
— John Schindler (@20committee) August 23, 2017
James Clapper on CNN, in the most measured imaginable tone, just delivered one hell of an attack on Donald Trump
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) August 23, 2017
“This behavior and this divisiveness, and the complete intellectual, moral, and ethical void that the president of the United States exhibits — how much longer does the country have to, to borrow a phrase, ‘endure this nightmare’?” Clapper asked.
Those tired of the left’s personal attacks, the rhetoric against Trump and the shameful bias in the media spoke out on Twitter.
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What would CNN be if they just reported news?
— JasonGoldtrap (@JasonGoldtrap) August 23, 2017
Your headline is Trump delivers angry and divisive speech? Seriously? He talked about love and bringing us together! Terrible reporting!!
— Alan Pastian (@AlanPastian) August 23, 2017
#fakenews trump’s speech was awesome all the way here in ?? Canada!
— Adam Wakely (@AdamWakely) August 23, 2017
Clapper is a tool in the quest to bring Trump down. But, they will not succeed.
— Fran Butkiewicz (@gambler1647) August 23, 2017
— Deplorable Me (@jslr) August 23, 2017
So lame. Sorry bunch of journalists trying to figure out Trump’s message. Looking like they came from a funeral. #CNNCredibilityCrisis
— A Sparrow (@absparrow) August 23, 2017
@cnn the only network having a complete meltdown. Have a another drink Don, it’s gonna be a long 8 years for ya. ?
— SophiaLouise (@rileysmom03) August 23, 2017
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