Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appeared on President Trump’s favorite TV show, Fox & Friends, the Fox News morning show that dresses dangerous right wing propaganda in newsy clothing.
Ostensibly intended to discuss the threats and recovery efforts from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, along with paying homage to the victims and heroes of 9/11, the interview went from bad to worse as the guest and hosts jockeyed to prove their conservative cred. (Video below.)
The interview started well with Zinke talking of memorializing the passengers who lost their lives taking down the hijacked United flight 93 before it could strike Washington, DC. But the respectful tone did not last long.
“Do you worry that 100 years from now someone is going to take that memorial down like they are trying remake our memorials today?” asked co-host Brian Kilmeade in an attempt to tie the monument to American heroes to the generals and politicians who led a violent insurgency against the United States in order to preserve an institution of human slavery.
Zinke wisely pivoted from the question — but he took a wrong turn.
“Since we don’t put up statues of Jesus, everyone is going to fall morally short,” Zinke said, presumably as some sort of response.
The short episode encapsulates much of what is wrong with Donald Trump’s Republican Party. A cabinet secretary went on Fox to discuss two important, non-controversial topics — disaster recovery and honoring revered American heroes. Instead of saying the right things, one side needlessly inserted a dig at those combatting racist iconography and the other shoehorned a shoutout to Christian supremacy.
For team Trump, these should be the easiest of wins. Heaven help us when there is a real challenge (if you’re into that kind of thing).
The video is below, and things start to unravel at the 0:50 mark.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com