Former CIA Director John Brennan claimed to be ashamed of his race and gender during a segment on MSNBC Monday as he and other members of a panel complained about former President Donald Trump and others who spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week.
Prior to Brennan’s appearance, host Nicolle Wallace, in attempting to claim the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building was a “domestic terrorist attack,” asked former Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill why Republicans are trying to “rewrite the origins” of the incident.
“Because they want to be the victims, not the perpetrators,” McCaskill, who was soundly defeated by Republican Josh Hawley in 2018, said in response, to chuckles from Wallace. “I have never seen so many whiny white men calling themselves victims as I saw over the weekend at CPAC. These are all people that think they have a huge grievance from a position of significant privilege.
“It is fascinating to me how easy it has become for the Trump followers to follow in his footsteps,” she continued, going on to say, among other things, that a claim by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) turned down a request to deploy the National Guard ahead of Trump’s Jan. 6 speech “was just a lie.”
“So it has really become the norm for the new Republican Party that lying is just peachy keen,” McCaskill concluded. “I can’t believe the majority of America is going to accept that especially if we remain vigilant about pointing out what the facts are.”
Wallace then swung it to Brennan after she accused Republicans of being “cynical” and dishonest.
“To Claire’s point, I’m increasingly embarrassed to be a white male these days with what I see other white males say,” Brennan said, prompting laughter again from Wallace.
“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,” Brennan went on.
“So they’ll continue to gaslight the country the way Donald Trump did. The fact this has such security and safety implications for the American public and for the members of Congress, again, as Claire said, it is just a disgusting display of craven politics that should have no place in the United States in 2021,” he added.
That said, Brennan himself has been accused of serial lying.
In 2019, he was called out by ABC News correspondent Terry Moran for repeatedly peddling the lie, “cloaked with CIA authority,” that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election.
“John Brennan has a lot to answer for—going before the American public for months, cloaked with CIA authority and openly suggesting he’s got secret info, and repeatedly turning in performances like this,” Moran wrote on Twitter in a post that included an MSNBC clip in which he suggested he had inside information on the then-concluded investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.
John Brennan has a lot to answer for—going before the American public for months, cloaked with CIA authority and openly suggesting he’s got secret info, and repeatedly turning in performances like this. pic.twitter.com/EziCxy9FVQ
— Terry Moran 🇺🇸 (@TerryMoran) March 25, 2019
“We have a problem with multiple heads of intelligence agencies and that does include Brennan, who has a history of lying, specifically about spying on American citizens,” The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in May 2018.
In June 2018, historian and political commentator Victor Davis Hanson detailed Brennan’s history of lying to congressional committees throughout his tenure as President Obama’s senior intelligence official.
In 2011, he told Congress that Obama’s drone strikes had not killed any noncombatants when he and the then-president were “both receiving numerous reports of civilian collateral deaths.”
In 2014 Brennan “lied emphatically that the CIA had not illegally accessed the computers of U.S. Senate staffers who were then exploring a CIA role in torturing detainees,” Hanson wrote.
And in 2017, Brennan, Hanson noted, “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.”