Saturday, June 10, 2017

24.8 - Clown Award: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

Clown Award: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

Now for the Clown Award, given as always for meritorious stupidity.

One example this week blew away the others so efficiently that only celebrity forensic psychiatrist Park Dietz, who said that "there are now benefits to being a sexual assault survivor" and author Laird Wilcox,who insists that "80 percent" of hate crimes that happen on college campuses are "hoaxes or pranks," even made the cut.

So this week, the winner of the Big Red Nose is Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Wilbur Ross
Just over a week ago, he appeared on CNBC to discuss TheRump's trip to Saudi Arabia. He talked for a few seconds about some venture capital panel he attended on the trip, but do you know what he was really excited about, excited to the point of gushing?

Quoting him:
I think the other thing that was fascinating to me, there was not a single hint of a protestor anywhere there during the whole time we were there, not one guy with a bad placard.
The host interrupted to suggest that maybe that was true because Saudi Arabia is, y'know, a dictatorship - although she expressed it more politely.

Still Wilbur Ross
Ross allowed as how "in theory" that could be true, but, quoting again,
boy there was certainly no sign of it [that is, protest], there was not a single effort at any incursion. There wasn't anything. The mood was a genuinely good mood.
He wrapped up by recalling how the Saudi security guards gave him two bushels of dates as a going-away present.

That is just so stunning in its utter cluelessness, its astounding disconnect from the real world that it almost makes you pity him - until you remember that Wilbur Ross is also the man who last month described news of the US cruise missile attack on that Syrian airfield as "in lieu of after-dinner entertainment," marking him as not clueless but as cold-bloodedly ruthless and indifferent to the oppression of others.

So instead of giving Wilbur Ross a red nose, we're going to give him the full makeup, befitting his status as not just a clown - but an evil clown.

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