It’s been an embarrassing week for Ryan Zinke.
Between the outrageous cost of renovating his office door (nearly $140,000), his racist comments to Congresswoman/the grandchild of interment camp detainees, to his little hissy fit in front of Congress when someone dare question his use of oil executives private jets, to the most hypocritical of all: his use of a private e-mail server, it has been a heck of a week for Montana’s first Cabinet Secretary.
First, the door. Ryan Zinke has always had a taste for the finer things in life as long as Uncle Sam was picking up the bill. We all remember that during his military service he would try to expense his trips home as “scouting for training facilities.” And now his caviar tastes on trout budget have caught up with him. Zinke tried to remodel his doors at Interior and stick the taxpayer with the bill. A bill totaling $139,000. Those doors better open, shut, and cook the best meal you’ve ever had each and every day.
Second, we had Zinke being roasted by Congresswoman Hanabusa from Hawaii. After Hanabusa put turned down the heat all that could come out of Zinke’s mouth was, “Konnichiwa”. I guess “kowabunga dude” must have slipped his mind.
Third, we have Zinke’s incredulous reaction when Senators dared question his use of–you guessed it–a private plane. Zinke was caught using a donor and oil executives plane and his justification was–well let’s just let the headline speak for itself:
RYAN ZINKE SAYS HE NEVER TOOK A PRIVATE JET BECAUSE THE PLANE HE FLEW ON HAD PROPELLERS
And this ice cream sundae isn’t a desert–it has a cherry on it.
Finally, a recent Freedom of Information Act request has revealed Zinke has committed the cardinal sin to all Trump loving Americans. He used a private e-mail to conduct his duties as Secretary.
For those of you living under a rock for the past four years, GOP’ers like Zinke have been making hay out of the use of private e-mail servers. Former Secretary Clinton used her personal e-mail during her time as a cabinet Secretary and Trump rallies around the country rang with the not so faint refrain of, “lock her up, lock her up…”
It would seem like Mr. Zinke is now doing the same thing. We can now expect the legion of red cap wearing supporters to light their tiki torches and descend on Zinke’s Interior Department. Or more likely, they’ll look the other way as Zinke’s corruption turns the Interior Department and Montana into a laughing-stock.
If someone can be arrested for crimes against the reputation of Montana, I think Zinke deserves the perp walk.