This weekend, Steven Mnuchin was once again in the headlines after the Treasury Secretary after a box of poop was delivered to his Bel Air home.
The LAPD and Secret Service responded after neighbors spotted the suspicious package, with the police claiming that they found a “pretty good quantity” of horse manure.
— The Hill (@thehill) December 25, 2017
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Actor Ron Perlman took to Twitter to offer his take on the matter and defend the man who sent the unseemly gift to the Treasury Secretary.
Somebody explain to me what could possibly be wrong with sending the same thing the dude’s been sending to us! https://t.co/5LJ9Mp1o5Z
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) December 26, 2017
Even the gift-giver himself, Robby Strong, a psychologist for Los Angeles County, alluded to the very same concept in the card that he included with his package to Mnuchin.
“We’re returning the ‘gift’ of the Christmas tax bill. It’s bulls‑‑‑,” Strong wrote on the card.
He signed it, “Warmest Wishes, The American People.”
Per Strong, he delivered freshly shoveled manure to two LA homes that he believed to belong to Mnuchin. One was in Beverly Hills, the other was the one in Bel Air that ultimately saw a visit by the LAPD and the Secret Service.
He was by no means remorseful for the Christmas present that grabbed national attention.
“LOL!” Strong wrote on Facebook. “It was pure organic horses‑‑‑, just like everything that administration’s done so far. Bomb scares certainly were not my intention, but maybe they should be a little scared, eh.”
“In the long run, if we don’t do stuff like this, what are we going to have left?” Strong told KPCC. “What I did, I would like to compare to what Jesus did when he went into the temple and overturned the tables of the money-changers, who were exploiting the people financially in the name of religion. I feel like that’s what the GOP has done to the American people.”
Strong was not arrested following his encounter with the Secret Service.
“It was a gift-wrapped package of poo,” Strong told AL.com. “Is there a law that you can’t drop off a box of poo? Not really.”
This is not Mnuchin’s first tangle with controversy. Earlier this year, Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton, were thrust into the national spotlight after a government inquiry into their use of government travel – sparked by Linton’s patronizing response to a critic on Instagram – revealed that the Treasury Secretary requested a government jet for him and his wife to travel on their honeymoon to France, Scotland, and Italy this summer.
Mnuchin and Linton have also come under fire for allegedly using a U.S. Air Force jet – which comes at a cost of $25,000 per hour to operate – to view the solar eclipse last month in Fort Knox, Kentucky, which falls within the “line of totality,” where the eclipse could be best experienced.
Mnuchin just learned the hard way that you get out exactly what you put in.