While everyone else got books, gadgets, appliances, and a bunch of other knickknacks on Christmas Day, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin received a box of horse manure. Yes, someone sent him a gift-wrapped pile of poop for Christmas.
Dissatisfied with the recently passed GOP tax bill, Robert Strong, a psychologist who works for the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, decided to take one for the team and give Mnuchin a package filled with sh*t.
In case you're unfamiliar with Steven Mnuchin, he's one of the guys responsible for implementing the Republican tax plan, which benefits corporations and wealthy people while shortchanging the middle class. Like his thoughtful gift, Strong thinks that the program was complete and utter sh*t, so he "borrowed" organic horse manure from some friends, poured it in a box, gift-wrapped it with love, and hand-delivered it to Mnuchin, in the name of the American people to make a political statement.
“The fact that [Republicans] can be so brazen and act with such impunity tells me that we have to be more brazen with our activism and maybe a bit more aggressive,” Strong told AL.com.
He says that this act was more than just a prank. Rather, it was an “act of political theater.”
“The thing I live by is a rule of transparency and I was exercising my First Amendment rights,” he said. “A few years ago when [a Supreme Court ruling] said that corporations are persons and money equals free speech, that is so absurd and my rule of thumb is now that if corporations are free speech, then so is horseshit.”
Strong realizes that there's a big chance he might get fired, but he felt that this was what he needed to do.
"In the long run, if we don't do stuff like this, what are we going to have left?" he asked.
Thanks for making our Christmas season a little bit brighter, Robert Strong! 😉