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Did Zinke Run Out of Crayon?


Everyone’s favorite fake westerner left his position in disgrace, with a federal shutdown meaning that the national parks under his watch are being trashed by idiots.

Wednesday is scandal haver Ryan Zinke’s last day as Secretary of the Interior. And it looks like his last official tweet will be the perfect memorial to his utter lack of self awareness.

The tweet features a photo of Zinke’s farewell note that looks part serial killer, part mixtape written in barely-legible red marker on Secretary of Interior letterhead. Here’s what it says:

“It’s been a high honor to serve the President and the American People as @ [sic] Interior Secretary. We’ve restored public lands “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people,” improved public access and shall never be held hostage again for our energy needs. God bless America and those who defend her.”

Crowing about improving access right now is perhaps the most tone deaf part of the note. National parks are being partially shuttered because of a protracted government shutdown over Trump’s border wall. Those that aren’t are filling up with poop and trash. And let’s not forget that Zinke raised the idea of charging more to enter parks, only to abandon it after major public outcry.

But really the whole thing is just one heaping helping of revisionist history and cluelessness. While I’m sure it’s been an honor for Zinke to serve as secretary—he got a flag and rode a horse to work on his first day!—I’m not sure it can be said that he brought honor to the office.

Pretty much everything wrong with the Trump administration and the modern Republican Party is condensed into the body of Ryan Zinke. May he be disgraced forever.

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