Batshittery

Another Trump Nominee May Withdraw Because He’s Batshit

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Mark Green, a retired Army flight surgeon, may become the second army secretary nominee and third military service secretary nominee to withdraw from consideration because, like the others who came before him, he has too many skeletons in his closet.

In Green's case, the problem is he's an anti-transgender, anti-gay, Islamophobic creationist.

Democrats and LGBT groups have slammed Green over his previous comments on LGBT issues, which included saying: "If you poll the psychiatrists, they're going to tell you that transgender is a disease."

He's also been criticized by Muslim groups for comments about not teaching "the pillars of Islam" in public schools.

On Monday, CNN reported Green is a self-identified creationist who delivered a lecture arguing against the theory of evolution.

Republicans may also be anti-transgender, anti-gay, and anti-many-other-things, but the Army is not and Secretary of Defense James Mattis has no intention (that we know of) of closing the service to gay and transgender soldiers. Actually, it's not clear to me if Mattis could even legally do so at this point even if he had a desire to.

I can scarcely imagine the mess the next administration will have to clean up in four years.

  • Tony Lavely

    Did you not like my comment in reply to muslet? It was much the same as Scopedog’s, so I don’t know what line I crossed.
    Or do you not want more comments?

  • mnpollio

    This is assuming that Trump won’t be voted right back in in four years. As much as I would love to see him impeached and take Pence and Ryan right along with him, I have absolutely no confidence in the intellect of the American people. Right now, Trump’s supporters have just been sticking their fingers in their ears and refusing to listen to anything against him and that core just simply will not leave him. Plus apparently all he needs to do to win the approval of the mainstream media is drop some bombs on a few countries periodically and he suddenly becomes “presidential”. I mean, seriously, when an avowed “liberal” like Van Jones is touting Trump’s bona fides because Trump trots out a war widow for a dog and pony show and easy applause and that gets kudos from the other side as being presidential, we are mighty screwed as a people indeed. And let us not forget that for all the decades-long posturing as “real patriots” by the Right and the teeth-gnashing by the Religious Right on morals, they have been more than happy to let Trump and Co. skate by with the potentially treasonous underhanded Russian double-dealing and his serial philandering and other unethical nonsense.

  • muselet

    In fairness, two of the previous nominees for service secretary (Philip Bilden for Navy and Vincent Viola for Army) couldn’t unravel their finances to the satisfaction of the lawyers. No skeletons or closets were involved, just skiploads of cash.

    As for Mark Green, a bigot should not be in charge of a large, diverse organization, no matter what his qualifications might be on paper.

    It’s as if Donald Trump is looking for the most distasteful people he can find to run things.

    –alopecia

    • Scopedog

      It’s as if Donald Trump is looking for the most distasteful people he can find to run things.

      I’m certain that’s the plan. It also is in line with what Steve Bannon wants–remember, he bragged about being a Leninist, and that he wanted to “destroy government”.

      Of course, I’m very, very certain that Hillary’s picks would have been worse.

    • Arthur Croft

      As if…

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    I can scarcely imagine the mess the next administration will have to clean up in four years.

    As long as it’s 4, not 8.

  • ninjaf

    Oh, it will be shit show to clean up, for sure.

    • Scopedog

      And the sad part is that the GOP–and the far Left, to be frank–may convince enough people that the clean up isn’t going fast enough.

      • ninjaf

        But of course.