Trump Puts Obama-Era Intel Director In His Place After Shocking Tirade

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You would expect a man of James Clapper’s credentials to conduct himself with a modicum of professionalism when appearing on the cable news circuit. As national intelligence director under President Obama, Clapper was responsible for coordinating the world’s most complex, advanced spy machinery, with thousands of officials and agents under his purview. The fact that, seven months out in the private sector, he thinks it’s okay to go on CNN and pontificate about Donald Trump’s “fitness for office” gets us a little closer to understanding why the Obama intelligence community had so little respect for the rule of law.

Clapper was on CNN Tuesday night to discuss President Trump’s rally in Phoenix, and he couldn’t resist joining in the network-wide pile on.

“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,” Clapper said. He went on to characterize Trump’s rally as “downright scary and disturbing,” and he criticized Trump’s “behavior and divisiveness and complete intellectual, moral, and ethical void.”

“How much longer does the country have to, to borrow a phrase, endure this nightmare?” he asked.

Not satisfied with having gotten his point across, Clapper went even further, questioning Trump’s stewardship of the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

“In a fit of pique he decides to do something about Kim Jong Un, there’s actually very little to stop him,” Clapper said. “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.”

We expect this kind of far-mongering nonsense from the man Clapper was talking to – CNN’s Don Lemon – or a fool like Lawrence O’Donnell over at MSNBC, but the former national intelligence director should be ashamed of himself. And that’s why it was particularly satisfying to see President Trump take aim at him on Twitter.

“James Clapper, who famously got caught lying to Congress, is now an authority on Donald Trump. Will he show you his beautiful letter to me?” Trump wrote.

It’s not clear what letter Trump is referring to, but apparently he’s making Clapper out to be a hypocrite who had nothing but nice things to say to the president one-on-one, yet takes every opportunity to slander him on cable news. It wouldn’t surprise us in the least.

As for the “lying to Congress” bit, Trump was referring to Clapper’s 2013 testimony in which he said that the intelligence agencies did not collect the private data of American citizens – an embarrassing and telling episode that showed the country where Clapper’s true loyalties lied.