Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin think he is? Simmering in his
putrid privilege, he seemed to think that he was in charge of the
House Financial Services Committee. He was rude and rogue when he
snapped back at Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the committee chair,
because she checked him on his nonsense.
Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, forgot his place and was publicly
and unacceptably disrespectful to Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA),
the chair of the House Financial Services Committee. Waters
compelled his presence to testify and then summarily dismissed him
("you can leave if you want") when he got testy and
disrespectful with her.
really above his Peter Principle as Treasury Secretary in any
administration but 45's. And those birds of a feather stick together
because they share values and shady self-serving morals. Mr. Mnuchin
boldly requested government planes to facilitate his honeymoon, is
taking his cues from the man who has turned the Presidency into a
profit center, operating government on a "pay-to-play"
basis with possibly Russians, Saudis and who knows who else. No
wonder Mnuchin won't release 45's taxes. No wonder he could not
answer the direct questions of a congressional committee. No wonder
he whined about being the "worst treated" Treasury
secretary in history. Was that comment supposed to impress someone?
didn't impress Maxine Waters who handled Mnuchin the same way one
might treat a bag of dog poop abandoned by its careless owner. You
wouldn't put your hands on it. You might not even kick it. But
you'd sniff at it and turn away. That's just what Congresswoman
Maxine Waters did when she told him that he could leave the hearing
he'd committed to participate in. Then, she icily told him not to
presume to instruct her on how to hold a hearing, and how to use a
gavel (he said gravel – inarticulate). Maxine Waters took the
hapless Mnuchin to Liberation School, but since he graduated from the
Klux Academy of White Supremacy, he will probably have to subject
himself to further detoxification from his racist behavior.
behavior toward Congresswoman Waters was his exercise in white
supremacy, pure and simple. White supremacy is the belief that the
white race is inherently superior to other races, and that white
people should have control over people of different races, especially
people of African descent. White supremacy manifests itself in
public policy that allows white so-called "law and order"
officers to kill unarmed Black people because they think they are
superior and call tell the lie that they are in fear for their lives.
White supremacy manifests itself in the ways that African Americans
earn unequal pay for the same work and the ways that supremacists
justify it. White supremacy occurs when colonizers come into
predominately Black communities and then insist that others play by
their rules and kowtow to their desires. They want someone to turn
down the go-go music, but readily accept other loud noise. Because
they are loud noise. Loud, myopic, uncompromising noise. And
Munchkin Mnuchin was the noisiest of all when he presumed to instruct
an African American icon on how to use a gavel after she has spent
nearly 30 years in Congress.
performance was a tribute to the racist capitalist patriarchy that is
the foundation of white supremacy. He would not have even slightly
presumed to tell a white man, or a Black one for that matter, how to
close a hearing. He might have told a white woman, possibly adding
the term "honey" in to soften or sharpen the bow. But the
only person he'd dare get huffy with, just based on the white
supremacist belief of his privilege, was a Black woman. Maxine
Waters was the wrong Black woman. Excuse my Ebonics, but Max don't
play. She takes no tea for the fever. She takes back her time,
stands up for her rights, and was not about to have a pathetic 45
lackey disrespect her.
Judiciary Committee held hearings around the same time the House
Financial Services Committee was. So while the Treasury Secretary was
disrespecting Congresswoman Waters, the House Judiciary Committee was
holding a hearing about the dangers of white supremacy. White
supremacy was displayed at its most privileged, when an elected
member of Congress is inappropriately chided by a Cabinet member, who
does not have peer status.
supremacy attempts to reinforce the egregious nature of the Dred
Scott decision in which the Supreme Court of these United States
declared that the Black man had “no rights that a white man is
bound to respect." For Steven Mnuchin, Congresswoman Maxine
Waters had no rights he was bound to respect. For Mnuchin, and too
many others in the 45 circle, the Dred Scott decision still stands.
have simmered in his faux white superiority for much of his life, but
his simmer turned into a boil when he tangled with the House
Judiciary Committee, and his boil was on the hot seat. He learned, I
hope, not to mess with Max. I hope he also learned that his white
supremacy will not protect him from a band of tenacious Democrats who
will continue pushing him for both truths and tax returns.