The former head of the Central Intelligence Agency has once again assailed President Donald Trump on Twitter after his attacks on former FBI director James Comey.
‘Your kakistocracy is collapsing after its lamentable journey,’ John Brennan tweeted on Friday.
‘As the greatest Nation history has known, we have the opportunity to emerge from this nightmare stronger & more committed to ensuring a better life for all Americans, including those you have so tragically deceived.’
A kakistocracy is literally translated from its Greek roots as ‘government by the worst people.’
According to Merriam-Webster, the number of people who looked up the word ‘kakistocracy’ jumped 13,700 per cent after Brennan’s tweet on Friday.
A number of Twitter users noted that before Brennan’s tweet, they had no idea what the word meant.
Brennan was reacting to an earlier tweet from Trump in which he denounced Comey as an ‘untruthful slime ball’ and ‘a PROVEN LEAKER AND LIAR’ who ‘should be prosecuted’ for putting classified information in view of the media.
John Brennan (left), the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency, has once again assailed President Donald Trump (right) on Twitter after his attacks on former FBI director James Comey
‘Your kakistocracy is collapsing after its lamentable journey,’ John Brennan tweeted on Friday
Brennan was reacting to an earlier tweet from Trump in which he denounced Comey (seen above during a taping of an ABC interview) as an ‘untruthful slime ball’ and ‘a PROVEN LEAKER AND LIAR’ who ‘should be prosecuted’ for putting classified information in view of the media
According to Merriam-Webster , the number of people who looked up the word ‘kakistocracy’ jumped 13,700 per cent after Brennan’s tweet on Friday
A number of Twitter users noted that before Brennan’s tweet, they had no idea what the word meant
Zach Braff, the star of Scrubs, also needed to look up the word on Friday
‘James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired,’ Trump wrote in a pair of statements on Twitter.
‘He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH.’
‘He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI. His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst “botch jobs” of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!’
His extraordinary tweets, an unprecedented moment in American history, came after excerpts from a televised interview were broadcast on national television, with Comey saying it’s ‘possible’ the most salacious detail in the anti-Trump ‘dirty dossier’ is true.
They also made their Internet splash the day after it was reported that Trump is poised to pardon Scooter Libby, a former vice presidential aide who was convicted of lying to the FBI and obstruction of justice during an investigation into a leak of the identity of a former covert CIA operative.
Comey said Friday in advance of next week’s high-profile book release that despite having access to the nation’s most sensitive law-enforcement intelligence for years, he still can’t dismiss the possibility that Trump was involved with a ‘golden showers’ sex act with prostitutes five years ago.
‘I honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I don’t know whether the current President of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013,’ he told ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ program in an interview broadcast Friday.
Comey gave an extraordinary interview to ABC in advance of his book release next Tuesday, saying an unproven story about the president cavorting with prostitutes in Moscow five years age might be accurate
‘It’s possible, but I don’t know.’
Trump’s reference to leaking concerns Comey’s admission during congressional testimony last year that he provided a longtime friend with a copy of memos he wrote after meeting with Trump in 2016 and 2017,m instructing him to circulate them among reporters.
Trump claimed Friday that the information was classified, a point that’s still under debate in Washington.
Brennan has been one of Trump’s fiercest critics.
After Trump celebrated last month’s firing of Comey’s deputy at the FBI, Andrew McCabe, Brennan took to Twitter and blasted the president as a ‘disgraced demagogue’ who will ‘take [his] rightful place…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,’ Brennan tweeted early Saturday.
‘You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you.’
Last month, Brennan’s tweeted that Trump was a ‘disgraced demagogue’ after the president gloated about the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
Trump (pictured left on Thursday) has long voiced complaints about McCabe (right)
Brennan joined Twitter this past December. He has posted nearly two dozen messages – the overwhelming majority of them denouncing Trump.
In February, when Trump tweeted that he has been tougher on Russia than Obama, Brennan replied: ‘It never ceases to amaze me how successful you have been making yourself so small, petty, and banal with your tweets.
‘Your insecurity is well deserved, as is your concern over Russia investigation.
‘Thomas Paine was right when he said, “These are the times that try men’s souls”.’
Last week, when Trump tweeted about his rising poll numbers, Brennan shot back: ‘I served 6 Presidents, 3 Rs & 3Ds.
‘I directly supported [Bill] Clinton, [George W.] Bush, and Obama. While I didn’t agree with all their policy choices, I admired and respected all of them, as they put country above their personal interests.
‘Not so with you, as your self adoration is disgraceful.’