Monday, August 21, 2017

Trump manages to find a racist, extreme homophobe and non-scientist for a science slot

Sam Clovis
Image credit: CNN
Agent Orange has nominated Sam Clovis to be chief scientist for the USDA. Clovis has argued that being gay is a choice and that legalizing same-sex marriage could lead to the legalization of pedophilia. That's all very scientific of course. Clovis does have a PhD but it is in public administration. He also holds an MBA. In other words, he absolutely no science education.

Clovis is also a real charmer. He claims that climate research is “junk science” and that climate change is a hoax. CNN reports that in a now defunct blog that Clovis was especially critical of President Obama accusing him of being a socialist and writing that progressives were “liars, race traders and race 'traitors.'”
I confess not to know what a race trader is.

Trump is apparently most comfortable around other racists. Clovis also claims that if LGBT people obtained protections under the 14th Amendment, pastors wouldn't be allowed to preach against the “aberration” that “alternative lifestyles” were to church doctrine. I guess that the First Amendment doesn't count. Clovis has claimed that protecting gay people protects pedophiles. Were an organization to promote that view they would end up as an SPLC designated hate group.

President Obama's appointee to the same position was Catherine Woteki who holds a PhD in nutrition. Which one is more qualified?

Oh, and the 2008 Farm Bill states that the chief scientist should be chosen from “among distinguished scientists with specialized or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics.”

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