Well if Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin thought the backlash was bad from reports surrounding his questionable use of government planes and his trophy wife’s “Marie Antoinette” social media boondoggle, he’s about the find out that public opinion can always get worse.
Mnuchin probably should have known better than to step in the middle of the increasingly ridiculous feud between Donald Trump and the professional sports community (which started on Friday evening and escalated over the weekend).
For one thing, the whole thing is comically absurd and injecting yourself into comically absurd situations has a way of backfiring in spectacular fashion. But beyond that, people are predisposed to being angry at ol’ Steven right now, so if the administration was looking for someone to trot out to the public, Mnuchin was a bad choice.
Whatever the case, he went on national TV this morning and said this:
— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) September 24, 2017
Yeah. Clearly, that is an absolute PR disaster.
oh Steven. wrong side of history my friend.
— Heisenberg Report (@heisenbergrpt) September 24, 2017
And this is already going horribly awry for Trump as players kneel across the league in protest.
— Ashlyn Sullivan (@ashlynrsullivan) September 24, 2017
NEW: Pittsburgh Steelers to remain in locker room during National Anthem today, ESPN confirms, following Pres. Trump's criticism of protests
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 24, 2017
You can bet this is far from over and Steve Mnuchin just made things immeasurably worse.
You’re reminded that this is a man who flew a government jet to Washington last month following Trump’s infamous Charlottesville presser. That flight cost tax payers $25,000. He also requested a plane for his honeymoon. Here’s his excuse for the August flight:
There are times when I need secure communications to be in touch with the president and the National Security Council. I had a secure call that day that was critical and set up and needed to be done at that time, and that’s why I used the plane.
Looks like his Yale classmates may need to start drafting a new letter.