[OP-ED]: For Donald Trump it is all a big joke.
Yes, the President-elect has such a great sense of humor that he has picked former Texas governor Rick Perry to head the Energy Department, the same federal agency Perry has said he wants to do away with.
It may sound strange to name someone who wants to scrap it as head of a government agency in charge of some pretty serious stuff like monitoring the Iran nuclear deal, building nuclear weapons and maintaining them, and regulating fracking and offshore drilling.
But for the Donald (he will always be “the Donald”) it is all fun and games so he decided to play a joke on the American people by choosing Perry, a former Dancing with the Stars contestant (he was eliminated, by the way) to oversee the country’s nuclear arsenal. He will replace a nuclear physicist.
Perry, who during a presidential primary debate in 2011 (he has tried twice to be President) famously forgot --oops! --the name of the Department of Energy he would later say he would abolish if elected, is, like Trump, a climate change denier.
He never was the brightest bulb in the room, and his future boss thrashed him really bad during a debate this year: “I see Rick Perry the other day. ... He's doing very poorly in the polls. He put on glasses so people will think he's smart. And it just doesn't work! You know people can see through the glasses!” Yet, once he won the election, he named his former rival Energy secretary. What a funny guy this Trump is!
But that was then, and this is now. After all, Perry wasn’t exactly fond of the future President-elect during the 2016 campaign.
“He is without substance when one scratches below the surface. He offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: A toxic mix of demagoguery and mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued,” said Perry in what could’ve been his most intelligent remark ever. “Let no one be mistaken — Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded.”
Well, no, the cancer was not excised, it was elected President and Perry is now a great fan of his “barking carnival act.”
"It is a tremendous honor to be selected to serve as Secretary of Energy by President-elect Trump. I am deeply humbled by his trust in me,” said Perry, who may be a bad dancer but is way up there with the best of them when it comes to hypocrisy and servility.
Science doesn’t seem to have been either man’s best subject in school, and they share a deep skepticism about climate change. Perry, though, has not gone as far as the incoming President who once said that “global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." No, you cannot make this stuff up.
Perry and Trump also would like to see the despicable Dakota Access Pipeline built. The Texan is board director of two petroleum companies, Energy Transfer Partners LP and Sunoco Logistics Partners LP, which are doing everything in their power to get government approval for the proposed 1,200-mile crude oil pipeline that has mobilized thousands of people in protest in North Dakota.
This is going to be your new Energy secretary, one more piece in an archaic cabinet of old retired generals, oil plutocrats and prehistoric Trump’s sycophants.
Talk about a basket of deplorables.