There is a collective meltdown on the left over the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and almost all of the backlash is being leveled against President Trump.
McCabe was fired Friday night, just before his scheduled retirement after 21 years at the FBI and before his lifetime pension went into effect. The former No. 2 FBI official had stepped down in January and was fired Friday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions who was acting on a recommendation by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
President Trump, a frequent critic of McCabe, took to Twitter after he was fired, saying it was a “great day for the hard-working men and women of the FBI” and democracy. He also slammed the “sanctimonious ” former FBI Director James Comey for making McCabe “look like a choirboy.”
The liberal hysteria in the hours following the news is probably only the beginning of a long weekend of backlash, but here are the top five reactions so far, in no particular order.
1. House Intelligence Committee member, Rep. Eric Swalwell
California Democrat and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Eric Swalwell, blasted the president in a late night tweet telling him to “gloat now, but you will be fired soon.”
“And it’s not going to be done cowardly, as you’ve done to so many who’ve served you,” Swalwell tweeted Saturday. “There’s a storm gathering, Mr. President, and it’s going to wipe out you and your corrupt organization all the way down to the studs.”
Gloat now, but you will be fired soon. And it’s not going to be done cowardly, as you’ve done to so many who’ve served you. There’s a storm gathering, Mr. President, and it’s going to wipe out you and your corrupt organization all the way down to the studs. https://t.co/I0UlNAlwxI
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) March 17, 2018
2. Rep. Bill Pascrell, New Jersey Democrat
New Jersey Democrat, Rep. Bill Pascrell, called McCabe’s firing “a disgrace to this country,” and accused the president of trying to “vandalize our democracy.”
McCabe's dismissal in the dead of night is a disgrace to this country and our law enforcement community. Every day they vandalize our democracy and harm our institutions, and @HouseGOP does nothing. https://t.co/x52aClSvQo
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) March 17, 2018
“McCabe’s dismissal in the dead of night is a disgrace to this country and our law enforcement community,” Pascrell tweeted late Friday. “Every day they vandalize our democracy and harm our institutions, and @HouseGOP does nothing.”
3. Former Obama AG, Eric Holder
Former Attorney General Eric Holder called the timing of McCabe’s firing “cruel” in a tweet on Saturday.
Analyze McCabe firing on two levels: the substance and the timing. We don’t know enough about the substance yet. The timing appears cruel and a cave that compromised DOJ independence to please an increasingly erratic President who should’ve played no role here. This is dangerous
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) March 17, 2018
4. John Brennan, former Obama-era CIA Director
Former CIA Director John Brennan also had harsh words for the president, declaring he would be remembered as “a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history.”
When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you. https://t.co/uKppoDbduj
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) March 17, 2018
5. Illinois Democrat Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi
A House Democrat even called for Republicans to hold “open hearings” on the Trump administration in light of the move.
“Firing Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe at 10pm on a Friday night is an attack on law enforcement staggering in both its cowardice and vindictiveness,” Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi said in a statement, according to The Hill. “The White House has shown yet again that it will stop at nothing to discredit the FBI and, through it, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.”
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which the Illinois Democrat is a member of, interviewed McCabe earlier this year.
“Congressional Republican leadership must now have the courage to hold open hearings on the Trump administration’s unprecedented efforts to undermine the rule of law and those who uphold it,” Krishnamoorthi continued. “To do any less would be to betray the principles that truly make America great.”
Of course, plenty others were happy to spout off to willing liberal media viewers.
Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley dramatically likened the firing of McCabe to the “Saturday Night Massacre” during the Nixon administration.
“This’ll be known as the ‘Friday Night Slaughter,'” Brinkley told CNN. “The very idea that Jeff Sessions hasn’t released something to inform the public of what this is, it was done in sort of a cloak of secrecy late at night, bizarre fashion. The fact that he was about to have his pension and they couldn’t let it go.”
“I think that we can say tonight that the Trump White House is at war with the FBI,” he said, describing Trump as “paranoid” and “struggling for his life.”
MSNBC anchor and former senior aide to former President George W. Bush, Nicolle Wallace, also weighed in on Twitter, calling the firing “a complete disgrace.”
The fix was in from Donald Trump when he tweeted 90 days ago his threat about McCabe’s pension. This is a complete disgrace. Sure to exacerbate concerns among “the generals” about his conduct in office.
— Nicolle Wallace (@NicolleDWallace) March 17, 2018
But former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino punched a hole in the narrative, declaring that firing McCabe was actually justice being served.
He also asked bluntly on “Fox & Friends” Saturday, “who cares what liberals have to say?”
“I care about what responsible Democrats have to say. The radical, kooky, liberal crowd – I don’t care,” he said, refuting critics who claimed “this was a politically motivated firing.”
“This was an investigation requested by Democrats in response to the mishandling of the Clinton email investigation, and the guy who recommended the firing was an Obama appointee,” he added, referring to Michael Horowitz, the inspector general for the Department of Justice.
“So liberals, spare us all your snowflake tears,” Bongino said.