Donald Trump has been notorious for many things, but one rhetorical device that he often employed in his public speeches was long and rambling stories where he told tales of various people addressing him as “sir.”
These stories invariably bore the hallmarks of fictional scenarios that existed only in the unhinged mind of the former president and became a “tell” for listeners that Trump was about to embark on another of his infamous lie-fests.
Now it seems that another former member of Trump’s administration was a talented student of his boss’s deceptive story-telling technique.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who served as Trump’s CIA Director before ascending to the nation’s top diplomatic position, posted a story on Twitter that was much in the mold of the ex-president’s speeches, lacking only the tell-tale feature of being called “sir” to distinguish it from one of Trump’s own quotes.
The collection of incredibly talented patriots serving America at the CIA is what makes it the best spy agency in the world — and we must continue to recruit the best and brightest. We can’t afford to risk our national security to appease some liberal, woke agenda.
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) May 4, 2021
One key factor in determining whether anything that Pompeo was actually ever uttered by a real human being rather than being conjured up in his own imagination is the confusion between sexuality and gender as expressed in the supposed quote of Pompeo’s female analyst.
Reaction to Pompeo’s shaggy dog story on social media indicated that not many people were suckered into believing the former CIA Director’s claimed quote from his underling.
or maybe you do and it was expected that CIA staff under your command would talk to you about their "sexuality" (or lack of it)?
i mean… I'm not entirely sure what's worse.
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) May 5, 2021
A really tough general came up to me, with tears in his eyes….
— Sal_139 (@139Sal) May 5, 2021
— Thomass4217 (@ThomasS4217) May 5, 2021
“Sir I’m horny for your leadership”
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) May 5, 2021
capacity for sexual feelings.
"she began to understand the power of her sexuality"
— D Murphy (@d_murphy00) May 5, 2021
Underrated tweet right here! Thank you.
— KPorter (@funneme) May 5, 2021
Damn, the SIR stories are epic.
— Lisa Walsh (@lwalshmill) May 5, 2021
— Diana (@LdyDi69) May 5, 2021
— Women of the World Unite (@holymoosepoop2) May 5, 2021
Pompeo leaves out the part where diversity recruitment had become a top priority at the CIA and FBI, long before Biden ever set foot in office. The latter has even been reaching out to HBCUs in an effort to build a workforce that is more representative of 21st century America.
— Samantha (@agentcurieuse) May 5, 2021
Says the most corrupt and servile director of the CIA! Your only qualification required is servility to Trump and the GQP with no regard for truth or facts. So yeah we are wide awake to your treason and corruption! We know you aspire to be an American Mussolini! pic.twitter.com/FBIrUrth65
— Manisha Sinha (@ProfMSinha) May 5, 2021
— Rhonda Deal (@RJDeal) May 5, 2021
The thing about supporting Donald Trump and his lies of a stolen election is that it’s extremely difficult to have anyone believe a word you say about anything else afterward.
If Mike Pompeo wants to regain his credibility, he would have to renounce Trump and his lies first.
Of course, as the GOP’s reaction to Congresswoman Liz Cheney demonstrates, Pompeo would likely be exiled from the Republican Party if he did that, so don’t hold your breath waiting for that repudiation.
Instead, just take anything that you hear Mike Pompeo saying and place it directly in the trash bin where it belongs.
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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.