Okay, so those are the comments made on CNN which seemed to somehow convince the Right Wing and Donald Trump that Clapper was slamming John Brennan for making over the top statements.
Here is what Trump tweeted in response:
Even James Clapper has admonished John Brennan for having gone totally off the rails. Maybe Clapper is being nice to me so he doesn’t lose his Security Clearance for lying to Congress!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2018
Admonished? There was no admonishment.
This is how it was reported by CNN:
Clapper, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he sees Brennan’s rhetoric as concerning, even if he believes the former CIA director has a right to speak his mind.
“I think it is,” Clapper said when asked if Brennan’s hyperbole was an issue. “I think John is sort of like a freight train, and he’s going to say what’s on his mind. I think, though, that the common denominator among all of us that have been speaking up, though, is a genuine concern about the jeopardy or threats to our institutions and values, and although we may express that in different ways. And I think that’s what this really is about. But John and his rhetoric, I think, have become an issue in and of itself.”
Now that is a hell of a lot more accurate than what the Right Wing media is reporting right now, but it is still editorializing.
Rather than Clapper suggesting that Brennan’s rhetoric was concerning, he simply responded with “I think it is,” to a question asking if he thought that Brennan’s remarks are why we are having this crisis concerning the removal of people’s security clearance.
He certainly did not admonish his good friend, nor did he appear to be kissing up to Trump in order to hang onto his own security clearance.
Clapper himself has said many things that were highly critical of Donald Trump and has also suggested that he would not be president if Russia had not helped him win the election, so to think that he has suddenly switched sides is simply wishful thinking on the part of Trump and his supporters.