If Trump Admin were Concerned about Racism, they would Drop this USDA Nomination

August 15, 2017


Post-Charlottesville, the Trump administration has protested that they have never supported racism or racist beliefs.   The President’s own history of pushing Birther conspiracy theories belies that, of course – but it might help if they dropped their latest nomination for a US Dept. of Agriculture Science post – a “Chief Scientist” who is not a scientist, and traffics in racist birther memes himself.

Yes, of course he’s a climate denier.

Daily Dot:

President Donald Trump has chosen a new nominee to serve as chief scientist at the Department of Agriculture (USDA). Were that the whole story, it would be but a mere droplet in the firehose of politics news that has come to define life in 2017.

Instead, it turns out that Trump’s pick, Dr. Sam Clovis, is no ordinary nominee—assuming that, you know, “ordinary” is even a thing anymore.

Here’s a quick list of facts you may want to know about Clovis as he goes before the Senate for his confirmation hearing.

  1. A former public policy and business professor at Morning Side College in IowaClovis is not a scientist. For comparison’s sake, the USDA’s chief scientist under former President Barack Obama, Dr. Catherine Woteki, was the global director of science affairs for Mars, Inc. (the candy company), where she oversaw its research into health and nutrition; served as dean of agriculture at Iowa State University; and served as first Under Secretary for Food Safety at USDA from 1997 until 2001. She holds an M.S. and Ph.D in human nutrition from Virginia Tech and a B.S. in biology and chemistry from Mary Washington College.
  2. Clovis is not a farmer, although he is from the agriculture-heavy state of Iowa.
  3. Clovis, like Trump, spread birther conspiracy theories about Obama. He also claimed Obama wanted to “enslave” his opponents.
  4. In a 2012 blog post, Clovis called former Attorney General Eric Holder, who is Black, a “racist bigot.”
  5. In emails leaked prior to Clovis joining the Trump campaign, he questioned the then-candidate’s “moral center and his foundational beliefs.” (At the time, Clovis supported former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is now Trump’s energy secretary.)
  6. Back in 2013, Clovis rejected the idea that climate change is “settled science” and asserted that it is instead a “nonsensical theory” invented by liberals to give the impression that they can create “perfect weather.” At a Farm Foundation Forum last October, he told E&E News that “we need more science” before Trump could craft policy. As chief scientist, Clovis would oversee the USDA’s climate change research.
  7. Clovis currently serves as the White House adviser to the USDA.
  8. During the 2016 election season, Clovis served as co-chair of Trump’s national campaign.



3 Responses to “If Trump Admin were Concerned about Racism, they would Drop this USDA Nomination”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    I think it’s a great thing that the nominee for USDA chief scientist looks like a sack of potatoes (and is about as smart and qualified).

    For all the good it might do, here’s a petition against Clovis’s nomination:


    Some quotes from the petition:

    “Clovis has been a lot of things – a Trump loyalist, a terrorism scare monger and a right wing radio host – but he’s never been a scientist. With absolutely no background in science or even agriculture for that matter, he’s completely wrong for this position”.

    “In fact, congressional rules stipulate that the USDA undersecretary needs to be a “distinguished scientist” with agricultural experience. Whether or not the GOP majority in the senate agrees with the White House’s anti-science agenda, even they should acknowledge that being blindly partisan and confirming Clovis would break their own rules in this case”.

    • Andy Lee Robinson Says:

      I’d trust a sack of potatoes to do a far better job too, even rotten ones.
      I despair at what is happening in America right now.
      Can we have a new planet? This one’s broken.

      • dumboldguy Says:

        There is no Planet B, and nowhere else to go—-either we fix this one or join the list of extinct species.

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