Rick 'Red Tide' Scott not doing his job, again.
Annals of Asshattery: What better poster boy for the corrupt cretins currently, feverishly covering up high crimes than Florida Sen. Rick 'Red Tide' Scott, friend of corporate polluters, enemy of the very words "climate change," and gun-freaks-bestie in the state that saw the Parkland and Pulse mass shootings? This is the guy whose hospital company perpetrated the largest Medicare fraud in history, committing 14 felonies before being forced to pay an unprecedented $1.7 billion in fines; who then started a chain of walk-in clinics that likewise faced a blizzard of lawsuits; who went on to inexplicably win elections as governor and senator by lying that he "took responsibility" for his actions and declining to note what else he took - the 5th Amendment 75 times, $300 million in stocks, $5.1 million in severance, and $950,000 a year in consulting fees for five years.
In office as governor and (barely) senator, Scott opposed gun control as a "leftist plot" in a state that ranks 3rd nationwide for mass shootings and 2nd for number of deaths in those shootings, cut over $700 million in vital water protections, thus ushering in a toxic red tide algae infestation that closed beaches statewide, and so fervently denied his own role in the disaster and the reality behind it he actually banned the use of the term "climate change." These days, he argues former felons should pay fines before they can vote, insists Medicare for all will "ruin the health care (sic) system," avoids the public and possible protests by flying on his own jet, and, because irony is long dead, serves as the Trump-appointed head of a possibly imaginary GOP "health care reform" group whose goal is to slash health care.
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As an in-your-face GOP attack dog and rumored presidential hopeful (WTF?), he just made a campaign ad for Iowa full of Joe Biden's crimes and corruption, titled "He Got Away With It." He repeats those charges in a bonkers faux "hostage" video about "the impeachment fiasco" that's been widely deemed despicable, not least as an affront to real hostages. “As you may have heard, I’ve been taken hostage along with 99 other people in the U.S. Capitol," he begins. “We are receiving only milk and water, and we are being subjected to the cruel and unusual punishment of listening to the rantings of Adam Schiff, a person from a parallel universe.” Scott goes on to dismiss the impeachment hearings as “political theater,” call the Democrats' case "lame," blast the fact that taxpayers are paying for all this (while forgetting to mention we're also paying his salary), and declare, "None of it is real, and nothing will come of it."
Adding the obligatory string of endlessly-discredited lies about Biden, he concludes, "I listened to their case. It's absurd. Goodbye. Go home," with a final entreaty, "Please send help." An unamused Twitter, instead, sent rage. "You miserable SOB," wrote Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie died at Parkland, a real-life-and-real-death hostage. "320 million Americans are held hostage to the cowardice of you and 52 other people," wrote another un-fan. "So, like, welcome to the club." Many others noted that we the people are also paying Scott almost $180,000 to do his job and Constitutional duty, "so shut up and drink your fucking milk." At the same time, news surfaced the infamous 2018 take-her-out video of Trump ordering a hit job on Marie Yovanovitch included Ukraine kingpin Lev Parnas discussing Scott. In response, Scott's spokesman said the good senator "meets a lot of people, and has no recollection of meeting (Parnas)." As usual, Parnas' attorney, Joseph Bondy, refreshed his memory. Inept Goodfellas, all of 'em.
Rick Scott was Governer of Florida when Pulse Nightclub became a three hour hostage situation and one of the deadliest mass shootings in history. Surely he wouldn’t claim he was being held hostage in U.S. Capitol to score political points right? What a scumbag. @ScottforFlorida https://t.co/mE8fJVUVb5
— NoelCaslerComedy (@CaslerNoel) January 29, 2020
Scott with fellow Floridian Lev Parnas, who he doesn't know