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Um, is this really the way to get on in life? Or even before the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Steve Bannon, former chief strategist for President Donald Trump’s administration, spoke recently on his podcast, The War Room, about what to do with Christopher Wray, director of the FBI, and Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). And spoiler alert, it wasn’t shaking their hands or watching some cat videos with them.
“The second term begins with the firing of Wray and the firing of Fauci. No, I really want to go a step further, but the president is a kind and good man, ”said Bannon. “I would like to go back to the old days of Tudor England. I’d put their heads on pike, right, I’d put them on both corners of the White House to warn federal bureaucrats, either with the program or you’re gone. “
In the word from Owen Wilson, wow. Just wow. Put people’s head on pike to force other people to “come up with the program?” There are words for such strategies and they are not “negotiating” or “listening to different points of view” or “democracy”.
By pike, Bannon probably meant a sharp point, point, or point of a spear rather than “a large, elongated, long-nosed freshwater bony fish (Esox lucius) that is prized for food and sport and is widespread in cooler parts of the Northern Hemisphere” . How the fuck what the fuck Did Bannon seriously suggest putting Wray and Fauci’s heads on pike?
Listen to what he said about this tweet in the video:
Yes, that didn’t sound too warm and fuzzy. Saying “heads on pike” is rare. It’s on the list of “no-no” or “oh no” statements for a date, even when said with the cutest smiles and over the best wines. If you ever think you’ve heard words like that on a date, you might want to first clarify whether your date really said, “I want some really hot cheese sandwiches, yikes” or “I’m reading Wanda Sykes”. The words “heads on pikes” shouldn’t be used in an interview either. For example, “Oh, working here is great, except maybe all heads on pike” is not a good sign.
Such words are apparently also problematic on Twitter, which permanently banned Bannon’s War Room account. As Peter Beaumont reported for The Guardian, such statements violated Twitter’s “glorification of violence” policy. It’s not the only social media platform that responds this way. According to CBS News, Facebook removed Bannon’s videos for similar reasons. To say again that you are going to threaten federal employees by putting some of their heads on pike doesn’t exactly show a video of hedgehogs tapping across bowling pins which is adorable by the way.
Bannon is already embroiled in legal trouble. Earlier this year he was arrested and charged with collecting money from We Build the Wall. This was supposedly a campaign to raise funds for President Trump’s so-called “Wall” that is to be built along the US border with Mexico. You know the ones Trump said Mexico would repay for in 2016. Well, Bannon along with Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea are charged with wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy. After all, the campaign was called “We’re building the wall” and not “We’re lining our pockets”. While Bannon waits for his trial, it’s not clear whether his lawyer told him, “Hey, try to avoid talking about putting people’s heads on pike in the meantime.”
Statements like this certainly won’t make things any easier for Fauci, who is among the many infectious disease experts who have tried to warn the public of the rising number of Covid-19 coronavirus cases across the country. As this April CBS News video showed, Fauci has long received death threats during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, to the point that he was followed by a security detail:
Yes, this is American 2020, folks, where anyone trying to save the public from a potentially deadly virus gets death threats. Despite Fauci’s efforts to divide partiality from public health and science, others have tried to mix it up like mud and peanut butter. As you may have seen, “Fire Fauci” has become a common chant among Trump supporters. Although this Lincoln Project video provided a “solo” response to such chants:
If you wonder who told the video, laugh at it, Fuzzball. This is Harrison Ford, the actor who played Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy, Indiana Jones in the Indiana Jones series, and Jack Ryan in Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games. Ford has long been a famous celebrity. Fauci before this year didn’t.
Scientists usually don’t get the fame and press that many other professions could get. You don’t usually see shows called Keeping Up with the Gastroenterologists or a post of a scientific article on Instagram that gets thousands of likes, unless Ariana Grande is somehow involved. This may be a reflection of how little our society values science compared to other things. Ultimately, however, science is the only thing that will solve many of the problems facing our society. Regardless of who occupies the White House in late January or who may need to be escorted, one of the things that needs to be restored in government, and ultimately the rest of society, is the respect and appreciation of science and scientists.