Ex-CIA Chief John Brennan: 'I'm Increasingly Embarrassed to Be a White Male'
Former intelligence official complains to MSNBC about being a white man
The former director of the CIA, John Brennan, has declared on live TV that he's "increasingly embarrassed to be a white male."
Speaking Monday, as part of a panel of guests on MSNBC's "Deadline White House," Brennan complained about being a white man while discussing the US Capitol riot.
65-year-old Brennan was asked whether Republicans are lying about the events leading up to the US capitol siege.
Host Nicolle Wallace asked Brennan about a recent New York Times report on the death of Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick.
She suggested that Sicknick's death "renders at best, hypocritical, at worst cynical and false, any notion that the Republicans care about the lives and safety of law enforcement."
In response, Brennan said: "I'm increasingly embarrassed to be a white male these days, when I see what my other white males [are] saying."
"It just shows that with very few exceptions, like Mitt Romney, Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, there are so few Republicans in Congress who value truth, honesty, and integrity," he continued.
Brennan then accused Republican lawmakers of suggesting the capitol riot was blown out of proportion.
"They'll continue to gaslight the country the way that Donald Trump did," he alleged.
"And the fact that this has such security and safety implications for the American public, and for the members of Congress, again, as Claire [McCaskill] said, it is just a disgusting display of craven politics that really should have no place in the United State in 2021."
"There are so few Republicans in Congress who value truth, honesty, and integrity. And so, they'll continue to gaslight the country the way that Donald Trump did... It is just a disgusting display of craven politics" - @JohnBrennan w/ @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/AFOsOzoS37— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) March 1, 2021
The former senator went on to say, "It has really become the norm for the new Republican Party that lying is just peachy keen and I can't believe the majority of America is gonna accept that, especially if we remain vigilant about pointing out what the facts are."
Brennan has been a vocal critic of Trump after serving as CIA director during the Obama administration.
He repeatedly pushed the false narrative for years that Trump and members of his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia to steal the election.
After special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation found no evidence of collusion, Brennan admitted that whether or not "he received bad information," he had "suspected there was more than there actually was."