Brennan’s an interesting guy. In the 70s, before he was in the CIA, he even voted for the Communist candidate for president.
It’s not just dishonest; it’s childish.
Senator Joe McCarthy perfected the technique in the United States: whenever you disagree with anybody, don’t debate ideas, go right into name calling. In McCarthy’s day, the epithet of choice was “Communist.” In recent years, it has morphed into some variant on bigot: “racist, sexist, homophobe, latinophobe, Islamophobe,