Pro-Trump CNN political analyst Paris Dennard made national headlines last Friday after going toe-to-toe with CNN counter-terrorism analyst Philip Mudd over the president’s decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. But now, Dennard has been suspended from the network.
Following the viral exchange, President Donald Trump praised Dennard as being “wonderful” and applauded him for refusing to back down against “weird” and “totally unglued” Mudd.
Mudd, who previously used the “n-word” toward host Don Lemon on CNN to prove he’s not racist, berated Dennard for arguing that former government officials with security clearances often land high paying jobs in Washington, D.C. Mudd lost his mind when Dennard said officials like Brennan politicize sensitive information to attack Trump and other Republicans.
Trump applauded Dennard and slammed Mudd on Twitter:
Just watched former Intelligence Official Phillip Mudd become totally unglued and weird while debating wonderful @PARISDENNARD over Brennan’s Security Clearance. Dennard destroyed him but Mudd is in no mental condition to have such a Clearance. Should be REVOKED? @seanhannity
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2018
Not long after Trump’s tweet, The Washington Post published a hit piece claiming that Dennard was accused in 2014 of sexual harassment:
A conservative commentator who was lauded by President Trump this week as “wonderful” and who has argued that past sexual indiscretions should have no bearing on Trump’s presidency 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.
The Post’s report said Dennard “did not dispute those claims,” and buried the fact that he said the acts were taken out of context and committed jokingly.
Soon after the Post report scorched across social media, CNN released a statement indicating that Dennard has been suspended following an internal review into the allegations.
“We are aware of reports of accusations against Paris Dennard. We are suspending Paris, effective immediately, while we look into the allegations.”
Dennard told the Post that the allegations against him are “false,” adding that he’s being singled out and targeted because of his support for the president.
“This is sadly another politically motivated attempt to besmirch my character, and shame me into silence for my support of President Trump and the GOP,” Dennard said.
The timing of the entire situation has angered many people.
Last Friday, Dennard goes toe-to-tie with Mudd on CNN over Trump’s decision to pull Brennan’s security clearance — something the commander-in-chief has the legal authority to do under the Executive Branch.
A few days later, Trump praises Dennard as being “wonderful” and doing a great job despite Mudd losing his mind and trying to throw Dennard off the show.
After Trump applauds the pro-Trump commentator via Twitter, the left-leaning Post conducts an investigation into Dennard and publishes a hit piece using allegations from nearly four years ago. The allegations are nearly four years old, so why would the liberal paper feel the need to run a piece on it now? Because they often go after anyone who supports the president, and now Dennard has been suspended by CNN for claims that allegedly occurred years ago.