A man who claims he is the person who delivered a gift-wrapped package of horse manure to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s home to protest a newly passed Republican sponsored tax bill says he wanted to inspire people to commit more potent acts of political advocacy.
Robert Strong, 45, a psychologist for the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, left the parcel addressed to Mnuchin and Trump in the driveway outside Mnuchin’s home in the posh Bel Air community.
Mnuchin is a pro-Israel millionaire, who formerly worked as a Goldman Sachs Group executive and Hollywood film financier.
“Protest really should be funny,” Strong said.“People’s eyes glaze over when they just see angry people in the streets.” Strong said he believes the new tax law would hurt poor people.
Strong also asserted that his end goal was to inspire people to commit more potent acts of political advocacy.
“The fact that [Republicans] can be so brazen and act with such impunity tells me that we have to be more brazen with our activism and maybe a bit more aggressive,” he said.
Strong defended his decision to drop the box of manure, which he says he got from a horse-owning friend, off at Mnuchin’s house as a “prank” aimed at raising the awareness of Americans about the idea that “Republicans have done nothing for the American worker” and other political topics.
“The thing I live by is a rule of transparency and I was exercising my First Amendment rights,” he said. “A few years ago when [a Supreme Court ruling] said that corporations are persons and money equals free speech, that is so absurd and my rule of thumb is now that if corporations are free speech, then so is horses***t.”
In another interview, Strong defended his protest saying,“In the long run, if we don’t do stuff like this, what are we going to have left?”
“What I did, I would like to compare to what Jesus did when he went into the temple and overturned the tables of the money-changers, who were exploiting the people financially in the name of religion,” he said. “I feel like that’s what the GOP has done to the American people.”
Trump enacted his first major legislative accomplishment into law on Friday, two days after the Republican plan was adopted by Congress in a major political victory.
Trump signed the massive $1.5 trillion tax bill shortly before departing for a year-end break at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Under the legislation, the federal corporate tax rate would fall from 35 percent to 21 percent — a notch up from the 20 percent in previous versions — and the maximum income tax rate would drop from 39.6 percent to 37 percent.
Wealthy business owners, such as Trump, stand to gain from a provision in the Republican tax bill that creates a valuable deduction for owners of pass-through businesses, Democrats and some tax experts say.
source: press tv