Wednesday, September 16, 2020


This seems appropriate:
The top spokesman for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services is taking a leave of absence, the agency announced Wednesday, days after he promoted dangerous conspiracy theories during a Facebook Live video.

In the video, first reported by the New York Times, Michael Caputo, who is HHS' assistant secretary for public affairs, charged that scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "don't want America to get well." He also urged Trump supporters to load up on ammunition in preparation for a violent left-wing rebellion when the president wins re-election.

Caputo also said in the video he's been having health issues and that his "mental health has definitely failed."
Yahoo News deserves credit for obtaining a copy of the video. Here's part of it:

CAPUTO: This is war. Joe Biden's not going to concede. The antifa attacks, the murders, that have happened, the rallies that have turned into violence, this is all practice. We know it. We know it. My friends in law enforcement, in federal law enforcement, tell me that they recognize this as drills. Remember the Trump supporter who was shot and killed? That was a drill. That was a hit squad. And the guy that shot him went down fighting. Why? Because he couldn't say what he had inside him. There are hit squads being trained all over this country....
Crazy stuff. Here's another part of the video:

But in an otherwise unobjectionable story about Caputo and the video, Alexander Nazaryan of Yahoo News pauses to give Trump the benefit of the doubt on his approach to hiring:
Caputo’s plight is emblematic of a challenge that has hounded Trump from the very start of his administration. He promised to “drain the swamp” of Washington by bringing in outsiders from the private sector who would apply their business expertise to the federal government. But sensitive to criticism, many corporate executives kept a distance from the Trump administration. Meanwhile, many senior government officials fled a president bound to regard them as members of a “deep state.”

According to critics, that leaves Trump with little recourse at a time of crisis, leading him to rely on untested backbenchers.
So, you see, Trump had no choice! He had to hire the corrupt, the incompetent, the unqualified, and the clinically paranoid to staff his government! He wanted to staff his administration with "the best people," but the best people were just too darn sensitive! And sure, he alienated long-serving government employees with expertise and experience, but that was a matter of principle!

Trump has hired relatives, an ex-Apprentice contest, his former golf caddie, and lots and lots of people who have worked for Fox News. Caputo came to Trump's attention because he's a friend of convicted felon Roger Stone.

Maybe if Trump would hire from outside the very narrow range of his own experiences, he could find good help. But he thinks these jamokes are doing just fine.

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