President Trump has spent much of the last few days picking and stoking a fight with the one class of millionaires he just doesn't seem to get along with very well; pro athletes.
The Leader of The Free World has a twitter beef going with a handful of NBA superstars who refuse to bend the knee to him, and most of the players in the entire NFL who won't stop bending the knee in protest of his presidency. He has disinvited NBA champion Steph Curry from a White House visit that Curry had already turned down, repeatedly called on NFL owners to fire any of their employees who won't stand at attention for the national anthem, and taken to calling those pro football players "Sons of bitches." This adolescent trolling of popular pro athletes has been met with widespread condemnation by said pro athletes, NFL owners, the mainstream media and many Americans who view the whole thing as needless inflammation of an ultimately meaningless wedge issue.
But what if they are all wrong?
Obviously, the imagery of grown men in uniforms using body positioning to make a demonstration of their displeasure with the leadership of the United States government during the singing of a song could present an immediate threat to the safety of the United States economy.
Is Marshawn Lynch sitting on a bench during the anthem more or less dangerous than bundled subprime mortgages? Who's to say?
And what if the Pittsburgh Steelers refusing to leave the locker room until after the anthem creates a butterfly effect that plunges the Dow by 30o points the following morning? It hasn't never happened.
If Tom Brady can turn on his bro Don like this, can't Europe turn on us and undermine our global trade agreements? Merkel won, you guys, and she is obviously one of them #TakeTheKnee types.
So of course Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin hit the Sunday shows to talk about what might be the most pressing fiscal issue facing this great nation: NFL players and the anthem.
“This isn’t about Democrats. It's not about Republicans. It's not about race; it’s not about free speech. They can do free speech on their own time," the treasury secretary said in an interview with ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz on "This Week" Sunday. "This is about respect for the military and first responders and the country."
Yeah! It isn't about any of those things, this is all about the economy and jobs. Why else would POTUS be blowing so hard into his defective dog whistle?
And because he is the Secretary of the Treasury, Mnuchin did his job and schooled Martha Raddatz further on interpretation of constitutional law...
"They have the right to have the First Amendment off the field," he added.
And labor rights...
"This is a job. And the employers have the right, when the players are working, to have rules. So, you know, why didn't they wear stickers? Why didn't the Dallas Cowboys, why were they allowed to wear stickers in response to people they wanted to pay respect to? " Mnuchin said. "So, the NFL is picking and choosing what they want to enforce."
Mnuchin, with his telegenic face, Hollywood voice and oodles of charm, is the perfect messenger to convey the economic importance of this all-important issue. Any suggestion that the administration could have trotted out literally anyone else to discuss this topic is just an attempt to protect these millionaire snowflakes and the lamestream media that created them.
Stevie Mnooks is a new breed of Treasury Secretary; one who sees the holistic nature of being America's CFO and is not afraid to leap into political arguments that no one else in his job would have even momentarily entertained discussing ever. By comparison, Alexander Hamilton and Larry Summers were cucks, relegated to the boring minutiae of money bullshit.
In fact, perhaps it's time to give some law enforcement responsibilities back to the Treasury Department since we've finally got a man who knows what he's doing. Sure, we knew he could safeguard the financial health of every American since he ran that foreclosure machine, but let's not forget he also produced "Batman VS Superman" and "The Lego Batman Movie." Steve Mnuchin is not the Treasury Secretary we need, he's the one we deserve.
When asked if Trump should really be referring to pro athletes as "Sons of bitches" at a rally, Mnuchin said what any careful, policy-focused chief financial advisor would say:
"I think the president can use whatever language he wants to use."
Eat your dead heart out, Andrew Mellon.