Perhaps the funniest part of Larry Kudlow's tenure as Donald Trump's top economic adviser is how unwilling Larry has been to learn the lessons of his predecessor, Gary Cohn.
Instead of leveraging Gary's departure to get the president thinking (or at least acting) more reasonably on trade and spending, or holding his fire on Twitter, Kuddles has simply kept us his smarm offensive; coddling the president's ego while tacitly disagreeing with every Trump economic policy that doesn't rhyme with "Sax Buts."
But now Larry has been forced to confront one unignorable reality of his gig - something that Gary Cohn handled beautifully when he stomped the halls of the West Wing - Peter Navarro must be kept away from cameras, microphones, and probably children.
On Friday, Navarro went on stage at some conference in DC and did what he does best: angrily half-shout some batshit populist economic quackery into a spittle-covered microphone. taking special care to demonize both China and "Wall Street."
Here's the highlight of Navarro's Friday unmedicated outburst speech on a potential trade deal with China:
"If there is a deal — if and when there is a deal, it will be on President Donald J. Trump's terms. Not Wall Street terms," Navarro said from the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, D.C.
"If Wall Street is involved and continues to insinuate itself into these negotiations, there will be a stench around any deal that's consummated because it will have the imprimatur of Goldman Sachs and Wall Street," he added.
Hahaha, crazy old people say the darndest things.
Putting aside that Navarro's blustery word fellatio of the president's non-existent negotiation strategy with China is too aggressive to be ultimately helpful in said negotiations, it's fascinating to watch Navarro keep lashing out at Gary Cohn for essentially locking him away during his tenure as NCEA director.
Navarro is clearly still pissed that he didn't get the ultimate revenge of taking Gary's job, so he's doing what belligerent underqualified people do and unsubtly attacking both his former and current boss in one unhinged shot. Unfortunately for Navarro, his thoughts were picked up by the media and re-shown to Larry on his home TV channel this morning.
In this amazing clip, we get to watch CNBC's David Faber show Kuddles the video clip of Navarro saying what he said, and then we get to see Larry admit that he "can't even" with fucking Navarro anymore.
"Look, Peter Navarro is a friend of mine," Kudlow predictably responds after the clip finishes. "But he was not speaking for the president, nor was he speaking for the administration. His remarks were way off base, they were not authorized by anybody."
Yikes. Navarro might want to just lock himself up in that closet because after Kudlow did his own compulsory stroking of Trump's ego, he delivered this rhetorical deathblow to Navarro's status within the West Wing; "I think Peter very badly misspoke. He was freelancing and he’s not representing the president or the administration."
We look forward to hearing more stories of Navarro wandering the West Wing in his sweatpants, hawking his books and pretending like anyone gives a shit about his loony opinions.