As director of the Central Intelligence Agency under Donald Trump from January 2017 to April 2018, and secretary of state for nearly three year after that, Mike Pompeo was privy to the absolute gravest national security risks facing the United States at any given moment. Now that he’s 22 months out of the latter job, what or who would he say is the biggest threat to America right now? The answer may surprise you! (If you’re not a ridiculous person whose head has been scrambled by right-wing gibberish about the woke left plotting to turn the country into a communist/socialist/whatever-ist hellhole!)
In an interview with Semafor, Pompeo insanely explained:
I tell the story often—I get asked, “Who’s the most dangerous person in the world? Is it Chairman Kim [Jong Un], is it Xi Jinping?” The most dangerous person in the world is [American Federation of Teachers president] Randi Weingarten. It’s not a close call. If you ask, “Who’s the most likely to take this republic down?” It would be the teachers’ unions, and the filth that they’re teaching our kids, and the fact that they don’t know math and reading or writing. These are the things that candidates should speak to in a way that says, “Here’s the problem. Here’s a proposal for how to solve it. And if given the opportunity, these are the things I will go work on to try and deliver that outcome that fixes that problem.” Pretty straightforward stuff.
That’s right, folks: According to the former director of the CIA, “the most dangerous person in the world”—the world!—is not a sadistic North Korean dictator who just last week “fired an intercontinental ballistic missile…that showed a potential ability to launch nuclear strikes on all of the US mainland,” nor is it the leader of the nation that the Pentagon said last month is the biggest threat to the US. Instead, it’s the leader of a teachers’ union. Incidentally, Pompeo didn’t say what kind of “filth…they’re teaching our kids,” but we assume he means factually accurate details about American history and the truth that LGBTQ people are not a scourge on society.
In response to Pompeo’s claim, which Semafor did not challenge, Weingarten tweeted: “I know that Mike Pompeo is running for president, and frankly I don’t know whether to characterize his characterization of me…as ridiculous or dangerous. At the state department, Pompeo defended Middle East’s tyrants & undermined Ukraine. He was more focused on pleasing Trump than fighting 4 freedom, national security & democracy. To compare us to China means he must not know what his own department says. So Mike, let me make it easy for you. We fight for freedom, democracy, and an economy that works for all. We fight for what kids & communities need. Strong public schools that are safe and welcoming, where kids learn how to think & work with others. That’s the American Dream! And we fight against this kind of rhetoric and hate. Maybe spend a minute in one of the classrooms with my members and their students and you will get a real lesson in the promise and potential of America.”