Former Obama Staffer Mocks Rand Paul for Getting Beat Up by His Neighbor
On Wednesday, former Obama van driver-turned-National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor mocked Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for getting beat up by his neighbor last year. To make matters worse, Vietor was defending notorious anti-Trump FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who may still have security clearance despite their messages demonstrating an anti-Trump vendetta at work during the 2016 election.
Sen. Paul had posted an image of an FBI letter responding to his January 30 letter asking whether Strzok and Page still had security clearances. "BREAKING: FBI admits that [Donald Trump] haters still have Top Secret security clearances which allows them to access sensitive private information!" the senator tweeted.
"Your [sic] are a shameless hack and an idiot," Vietor responded. "Stop attacking public servants. Start doing a better job not getting beat up by your neighbor."
This underhanded insult slammed Paul for not being able to prevent an assault last November. Fifty-eight-year-old Rene Boucher attacked Paul from behind on his own property while Paul was wearing headphones. Paul actually succeeded in throwing Boucher off, but not before sustaining injuries. The senator suffered five rib fractures, including three displaced fractures, and later required medical attention for pneumonia.
Prosecutors charged Boucher for assaulting an elected official, a felony.
Vietor should be ashamed of himself for suggesting Paul could have done "a better job not getting beat up." The senator could not have stopped himself from getting "beat up," and Vietor should have known better.
Furthermore, the text messages between Strzok and Page revealed multiple scandals, along with extreme anti-Trump bias.
One text from July 2016 revealed that former attorney general Loretta Lynch knew that former secretary of state Hillary Clinton would not face charges in the email investigation — before Clinton testified. Other texts in May 2017 revealed that Strzok expected "there's no big there, there," just as the investigation into Trump's potential connections with Russia began under Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Even though tests about a "secret society" to oppose Trump may not have been serious, it is indeed a scandal that Strzok and Page have not been fired from the FBI, and it appears they have not even lost their Top Secret security clearances.
Vietor should not have attacked Paul for revealing this information. The situation with Strzok and Page seems particularly unusual, as clearances are routinely pulled even when someone is having an affair, the New York Post's John Crudele reported.
Crudele quoted a reader, suggesting that "the reason why the lovebirds haven’t been fired is because they have been granted immunity at some level or another because they have agreed to cooperate in the (Justice Department’s) Inspector General’s investigation into the corruption within the leadership of the DOJ/FBI leading up to and immediately following the 2016 election."
“As long as they cooperate, they keep a job and all benefits/pensions associated with it," the reader wrote. "I would think that’s a strong incentive to cooperate with the investigators, no?”
Crudele wrote that "that actually makes a lot of sense."
The backlash to Vietor's "beat up" tweet came swiftly. "What a class act this scoundrel is. It is as if the glorified bus driver wants to be thrown under the bus," Daily Wire writer Elliott Hamilton quipped.
Doug Stafford, chief strategist for Paul's re-election campaign, proved much more blunt. "Oh and FYI It was a blindside felony assault, not a fight. A**hole," Stafford tweeted.
"Shut up and bring the van around, Tommy," PJ Media's own Jim Treacher quipped, referring to Vietor's former job as a press van driver.
Vietor did delete the tweet, and he later "apologized." The former Obama staffer tweeted, "I shouldn't have made fun of you getting assaulted by your neighbor. It was classless and I apologize."
He couldn't stop there, however. "But I do think it's hackish and pathetic that you continue to attack these officials for purely partisan reasons. Stop doing Trump's bidding," the former van driver finished.
This final attack, slammed on the edge of an "apology," proved particularly ridiculous because Rand Paul had gone on a tweet storm against President Trump earlier that very day.
Referring to President Trump's threats to attack Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Paul called the president's messaging an insult to every American soldier.
"Promising war by tweet, insults not only the Constitution but every soldier who puts their life on the line," Paul tweeted.
He followed up this tweet with another message against Trump.
One #NeverHillary Democrat even responded to this tweet by urging Rand Paul to run for president in 2020: "Rand Paul for President 2020. Make Tulsi Gabbard VP. Winning ticket!"
Rand Paul may have agreed with Trump occasionally, but he has never been a Trump shill. Perhaps Vietor should do some research before attacking a sitting senator — and before suggesting that Paul could have fended off a sneak attack from behind.