Paris Dennard Calls CNN Firing a “Political Hit Job”
Former CNN commentator Paris Dennard has resurfaced with some choice words for his former employer. In a column for the conservative site Breitbart News, Paris calls his firing from CNN a "political hit job." Just days after Dennard accused CNN commentator Phil Mudd -- a former counterterrorism official with the CIA and the FBI -- and former CIA Director John Brennan of profiting from their security clearances after leaving government, reports of an old scandal surfaced. “That set in motion a coordinated attempt by faceless adversaries to destroy me personally and professionally,” Dennard writes. The conservative was fired from Arizona State University four years ago for making sexually explicit comments and gestures toward women, according to documents and a university official. An internal investigation by the university concluded that Dennard -- a Trump surrogate during the campaign and now a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships -- told a recent college graduate who worked for him that he wanted to have sex with her. He “pretended to unzip his pants in her presence, tried to get her to sit on his lap, and made masturbatory gestures,” according to a university report obtained by The Washington Post. Dennard describes the reporting as “a grossly inaccurate and purposely damaging article about an old claim.” He says the investigation found he had not violated the university’s sexual harassment rules. “The Post was intent on stifling my rising national conservative voice by publishing a story deliberately mischaracterizing the findings of the four-year-old confidential investigative report from my former employer,” he writes. “What was even more egregious than the Post‘s behavior was CNN’s blatantly disparate treatment of their only paid black, Republican, Trump-supporting political commentator.” He professed his undying support for MAGA, compared himself to Justice Clarence Thomas, and said he is working with his legal team to make sure conservative voices like his are not silenced -- though he does not give specifics on any litigation. “I will not be silenced, no matter what CNN, the Washington Post, or any other fake news story tries to imply through their own prejudiced actions.” Read the full piece here.