Why is it that liberals take everything so personally? More often than not, they make themselves look like fools for getting overly emotional when it comes to politics. Case and point: just take a look at what happened during a segment of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” this past Friday.
During the taping of the show, CNN analyst and former CIA agent Phillip Mudd and guest Paris Dennard were having a conversation about security clearances. Things turned sour when the CNN analyst began screaming at Dennard when he expressed a differing opinion from his own.
The argument got heated when Dennard stated that security clearances are very lucrative via private contracting.
He stated, “A lot of these people that have these security clearances, and this is the secret in the swampy Washington, D.C., they have them and they keep them because it’s profitable for them after they leave government, because if you a security clearance, especially high level security clearance, your contracts and consulting gig pay you a lot more money because of the access that you have. I hope the president continues to do this, and I hope he adds Omarosa to the list, because if she has a clearance, she too because of her actions should have it revoked.”
The issue of security clearances has been a main topic in American politics in recent weeks after President Trump revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s clearance based on alleged politicization of his position in the CIA.
Take a look at the video below:
While the guest was making his point, Mudd’s face began to twist. He was become more and more angry. Then, he began asking Dennard pointed questions.
“Profitable, Paris?” questioned Mudd. “When I am required to sit on an advisory board, let me ask you one question, how much do you think I’m paid to do that at the request of the U.S. government? Give me one answer, and you’ve got 10 seconds? How much?”
When Dennard questioned the CNN analyst if he was being reimbursed to private contract, Mudd kept on denying that he does not do any contracting with our country’s government. Then, Dennard made himself even more clear.
He said, “Consultant and a contractor, the consulting firms that they form and you all get is because you get more money when having a consultant — for having the security clearance. Stop acting like that doesn’t happen.”
This is when Mudd began yelling at Dennard.
The CNN analyst insisted, “That is incorrect. I have zero consulting relationships with the U.S. government. Zero.”
Dennard clarified, “I’m not talking — Phil, that’s a good talking point. I’m not talking about relationship with the government. I’m talking about in the private sector. When you a security clearance…”
To which Mudd answered, “I have zero relationships with the private sector that involve my security clearance.Zero. Zero. I get zero dollars from consulting companies that deal with the U.S. government. Are we clear?”
The show’s guest said, “Well, he will be clear in saying that everybody in Washington, D.C. knows — if you don’t want to be honest about it, that’s on you — but if you have a security clearance and you keep it, you get more money to have it.”
The former CIA agent screamed, “We’re done. We’re done. GET OUT!!!”
Dennard answersd, “It’s not your show. I’m staying right here. Don’t be so defensive about this.”
Mudd screamed again, “GET OUT!!!”
Dennard said once more, “Don’t be so defensive about this. Your voice is still here. You can still do whatever you want. But the politicalization of the intelligence community under this administration with the people coming on here every day tweeting and talking about this administration, you all have made it about politics, not the president.”
ijr.com reports, “Security clearances can last up to 15 years and can be an incentive to be privately contracted. However, the Trump administration is becoming more strict on which officials are allowed to continue to hold clearances after they leave their government job.”