Several days ago in an attempt to quash the free speech of former government officials from the Obama and other administrations who have criticized him, President Trump rescinded the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan.
Now he has taken further action against Director Brennan.
“Due to his highly irresponsible and erratic statements about the president’s policies, “White House Spokeswoman Sandra Huckabee Sanders said at her daily press briefing today “President Trump is today revoking Director Brennan’s library card. Effective immediately, Mr. Brennan will be barred from taking out books, periodicals, and/or videos from the Herschel Garfunkel Public Library, which is the library system local to him.”
“The President is taking this action,” continued Huckabee Sanders “because Mr. Brennan has wantonly attacked the leadership of President Trump through the use of facts. Curtailing access to the library will severely limit his ability to obtain these facts to use against the President.”
Many analysts consider this an especially brutal assault on Director Brennan’s first amendment rights in that the Herschel Garfunkel Public Library is a very large and well-funded library which has a reading room with a Coke and a candy machine and a video collection which includes the latest popular HBO shows like Girls, Ballers, and the last season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Huckabee Sanders indicated from the podium that Trump is also thinking about rescinding the library cards of Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Former FBI Director James Comey, and Former Director of the National Security Agency Michael Hayden, all of whom have been known to deal in facts. None of these former officials, however, lives near a library of such stellar caliber as the Herschel Garfunkel Public Library.
Director Brennan has already struck back at Trump’s action through Twitter.
“This heinous politically motivated act of the president will not stop me from obtaining facts,” Brennan tweeted today. “I can still spend a pleasant afternoon in the Herschel Garfunkel Public Library reading at my leisure and even enjoying a coke and a Snickers. And if I really want to take a book out, I’ll ask my wife to take it out on her card."
"And if it should be a long book over 300 pages on more," Director Brennan added in a follow-up tweet, "I’ll renew it ... yes, Mr. President! … also on her card!”