Sam Clovis Withdraws Agriculture Post Nomination

The Associated Press reported on Twitter just now that Sam Clovis has withdrawn his nomination to the top science post at the Department of Agriculture.

The move comes after Clovis was linked to George Papadopoulos in Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and hours after a blistering Washington Post story:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientist nominee, Sam Clovis, who now serves as the agency’s senior White House adviser, confirmed in an Oct. 17 letter obtained by The Washington Post that he has no academic credentials in either science or agriculture.

Clovis, who possesses a bachelor’s degree in political science, an MBA degree and a doctorate in public administration, repeatedly acknowledged his lack of background in the hard sciences when responding to Stabenow. “Please list all graduate level courses you have taken in natural science,” the second of 10 questions requested. “None,” Clovis replied.

“Please list all membership and leadership roles you have held within any agricultural scientific, agricultural education, or agricultural economic organizations,” the third question read. “None,” Clovis replied.

Clovis has claimed that the legalization of same-sex marriage will inevitably lead to legalizing pedophilia. And that’s just one of his many batshit claims.

  • Lazycrockett

    Duh.

  • Sam_Handwich

    i guess he can go back to selling Diarbeetus supplies

  • ByronK

    He withdrew when he found out the position didn’t mean that he could treat farms like an all-you-can-eat buffet.

  • Gustav2

    Of course it has nothing to do with the 2008 farm bill specifies that appointees to the position should be chosen “from among distinguished scientists with specialized training or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics,” given that the official is “responsible for the coordination of the research, education, and extension activities of the Department.”

    • clay

      As if the Senate Ag Committee majority members give a shit about legislation.

      • Gustav2

        Or the Constitution with all those pesky amendments.

  • Halou

    Scared of what would be asked at his confirmation hearing?

  • Michael R

    Still being considered to take over Michelle Obama’s school lunch program .

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Well Mr. Clovis, given what’s coming, I would say… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/026708f0e94707051aec07ba72b49039ced6fd1ac3a4f2a55080ef93316906d4.gif

    P.S. You’re still a venal douchebag

    • clay

      (His head will be lopped off as he runs back through the booby-traps, having forgotten them, already.)

      (Yes, I remember Indy looped that rope in the saw works, but that was just too convenient to count.)

  • Rex

    I think the only thing closely associated with agriculture is that his head is the same size and shape as a watermelon.

    • David Walker

      And is filled with bullshit, horse shit, and pig shit.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Ass dung

      • Tulle Christensen

        See builtin fertilizer

  • BEARY FLINTSTONE

    Hs FAT ASS needs a HAM SANDWICH!

    • Sam_Handwich

      a what, you say?

      • BEARY FLINTSTONE

        LOL!!!!!!!

  • Sam_Handwich

    As if Rexxon, Devos, Perry, Carson, etc have any relevant education or experience.

    • Gustav2

      But they were not going for positions with qualifications prescribed by a bill in 2008.

    • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

      You beat me to it. Since when did qualifications have anything to do with the Trump criteria for filling positions in the administration?

      • (((GC)))

        They do! The qualifications for being nominated for a department head in the current Republican administration are very clear:

        1. Personal loyalty to Donald tRump.
        2. Hostility towards the raison d’etre of the department in question, and a willingness to neuter or even dismantle it in favor of unrestrained corporate plunder.

        • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

          Bonus points for having sued or lobbied against the regulations that the department is required to enforce?

    • Ragnar Lothbrok
      • David Walker

        Yeah…those glasses really helped.

      • kareemachan

        Gee, you’d think some of those countries might really benefit by using, oh, I dunno, solar or wind power….

        Christ almighty, he’s dumbing down – which is amazing. I didn’t think he could.

        https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6419887-the-boy-who-harnessed-the-wind

        • clay

          Some (most) of those countries are already benefiting by using local solar and wind.

      • zherazhera

        Sure! Whenever I pour crude oil over my body everyone stays far, far away. It’s a bitch for the skin but totally worth it!

      • Snarkaholic

        Yes, ladies, when you’re covered in (clean) coal dust, you’re much less visible while wandering down dark streets and alleys at night!

      • ZRAinSWVA

        Thanks for the link! (My gosh, the people in the comments section over there are almost as snarky as this group!!) {{{Hugs to my snarky peoples}}}

  • Leo

    OT. Someone sees writing on the wall. Tries to leave country, don’t be surprised.
    https://twitter.com/businessinsider/status/926103745527762951

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      WOW, that big rat jumping is surely going to cause the S.S. Treasonous Trump to list heavily.

      • canoebum

        Unfortunately for Mercer, the choices of countries with no extradition to the US is limited.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Well, I hear Iran is wonderful this time of year, as is Venezuela.

        • kareemachan

          Not really.

          These countries currently have no extradition treaty with the United States:

          Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Central African Republic, Chad, Mainland China, Comoros, Congo (Kinshasa), Congo (Brazzaville), Cuba, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands,
          Mauritania, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé & Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican, Vietnam and Yemen.

          • canoebum

            Yeah. And how many of those countries do you think a spoiled, arrogant American billionaire would want to live in? I don’t Paris or the Amalfi Coast on that list.

          • ChrisMorley

            I agree, but the Vatican isn’t far from there.

          • Gene Perry

            UAE is cool … providing that you’re a non-drinking rich male.

          • agcons

            He might be able to make a go of it in Andorra la Vella, but getting there would be a problem: no airport. I guess that leaves, erm . . .

          • pj

            hes an american oligarch. like trump.

          • bzrd

            and of course, the Resident Nazi’s favorite
            Nambia

          • Danieruw

            Andorra it is!

          • Danieruw
    • Lazycrockett

      Interesting. Bannon could be losing his sugar daddy.

    • Lazycrockett
      • Leo

        Complete bullshit. His finances and daughter’s requests are linked to attempted Wikileaks payout. He’s finished.

        • Gustav2

          They are trying to run for the border before the subpoenas get to them.

      • AlternativeQuacks

        But it sounds like Rebekkah is still enthusiastically along for the ride, even if Bob Mercer is parting ways.

      • Smokey

        Someone from the Onion wrote this, right?

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        It’s a tepid rebuke…but still, his slam of Milo is rather telling.

      • Dagoril

        He supported Milo because he was hoping for an open debate with freedom of thought??? As Mister Slave would say, “Jeezus Chriiiiiist!”

      • clay

        Milo never was about free speech, he was about using angry, young, conformist men to squelch the speech of women and persons of color. The Russian ‘bots Mercer paid for, but doesn’t mention separating from, have nothing to do with free speech, but are the automated second generation of Milo (and Bannon)’s freepers, doxers, and other internet harassers.

        • kareemachan

          And weasel his way into the spotlight.

          “LOOK AT ME!!! LOOK AT ME!!!”

        • Cuberly Deux

          I guess doxxing is just an exchange of ideas in MercerLand.

          • clay

            “I have an idea about this address.” /s

      • JCF

        “to my daughters”??? My, such principle! /s

    • AlternativeQuacks

      Bannon did say a couple days ago (yesterday maybe?) that he was worried that Trump could not survive an impeachment vote.

      • clay

        “survive” as in politically, or as in survival?

        • tim870

          Either or. Both are good options.

    • Dagoril

      Posts like this make me wish that Disqus had more upvote options, like Facebook does. Because I want to upvote you with the LOL emoji hehe.

    • Boreal

      Good news except his daughter is a nutjob too.

      • Cuberly Deux

        From the infamous BuzzFeed article it sounds like Rebecca is rather hands on when it comes to backing and making requests of Breitbart.

    • Cuberly Deux

      “Don’t call me a Nazi! I only fund and support them. Doesn’t mean that I am one.”

      Why do racists hate being called racist?

      • Tulle Christensen

        bad optics?

      • kaydenpat

        It’s not fun to be called out. It’s more fun to hide under the rock if you’re a grub.

        • Bad Tom

          Grubs do not like sunlight.

    • james1200

      Burn baby burn!

    • kaydenpat

      Rats jumping ship. May the sharks get them all.

    • kelven

      I don’t doubt it at all. Give Mueller one or two more indictment announcements and we will definitely see some of these players hastily leaving the country for other countries with no extradition treaties.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Ooooo! The person funding the shit storm is bolting.

      • Steven Jaeger

        but he can still fund it from overseas, with swiss bank accounts, cayman islands etcs….

    • 5moreminutes*imtired

      He’s selling Breitbart to his daughters. Lol What a fucking joke.

    • Nowhereman

      I’m guessing that Mueller and Co. have their eyes on him.

  • j.martindale

    How on earth will tRump ever find someone else as unqualified? That seems to be his objective.

  • geoffalnutt

    Well, I guess it’s back to the barbershop quartet…if they’ll have him. Can’t sing a note!!

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen
  • Blake Mason

    I’ll take a 12 piece bucket… half original recipe… half extra crispy… 6 biscuits… mash potatoes w/ gravy… and 3 corn on the cob…..

    And a diet pepsi. Thank you.

  • Slippy_World
    • greenmanTN

      He is just too cute, one of my few celebrity crushes.

  • greenmanTN

    Too bad. He was going to bring much needed gravity to the Trump administration…

  • Ninja0980

    Goodbye you Col. Sanders reject.

  • bkmn

    Every time I see his picture I think about what size turkey to get for Thanksgiving.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    O/T In other news, this young man seems like he could do some good in Arizona. His policies are sound and he’s definitely the young blood the Dems need moving forward.

    https://twitter.com/People4Billy/status/924747325490130944

  • KnownDonorDad

    This is some of the best political news I’ve heard lately; the cynical nomination of a non-scientist to a scientific post comes crashing down.

  • safari

    He will now get to spend time with his friends at the Old Country Buffet.

    • licuado de platano

      Ole Buff C~nt

  • shellback

    I’m sure you all remember Zsa Zsa Gabor in “Queen Of Outer Space.” In that memorable film, Zsa Zsa plays the head scientist on the planet Venus. I can’t guess why I thought of it at this moment. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/20eef29ffa9c2e4cc210a9656d6d3e08c949896ffb4e828a54c72ea45d6a9f29.jpg

    • Tawreos

      Because she and Clovis have the same cup size?

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Well, Venus is a rather gassy planet as is Clovis….

    • greenmanTN

      I hate dot kveen!

      https://youtu.be/jtqa-tHvBDQ

    • kaydenpat

      Head scientist, you say? Hmmm. At least she was just acting. Clovis was almost for real.

      • shellback

        “Acting” should be put in quotes.

        • AmeriCanadian

          Now now dahling.

    • Bryan

      I hear Clovis also has a great set of gams…

      • clay

        gams :: hams

  • clay

    I look at that blackboard in the background, and it doesn’t even have anything about public administration on it, let alone science of or for agriculture.

    BTW, the US is a major agricultural exporter; agricultural independence isn’t a real issue for this nation, unless he’s focused on caffeine, cocaine, and heroin.

    • Boreal

      and cannabis.

      • clay

        True– due to the fires in Northern California, the US will be unable to produce enough to meet demand this year.

        • Boreal

          We’re growing plenty in the NE now with Maine and Mass having legalized it.

          • Tulle Christensen

            But the Feds will not let you ship it across state lines

          • Boreal

            I don’t need for it to be shipped, I’m less than an hour from the MA state line.

          • clay

            Local-vore!

  • Boreal

    “Clovis, who possesses a bachelor’s degree in political science, an MBA degree and a doctorate in public administration.”

    I wonder what ‘University’ those came from?

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      LIBERTY!!!! That or “Oral” Roberts LOL

    • Gustav2

      U.S. Air Force Academy (B.A.)
      Golden Gate University (M.B.A.)
      University of Alabama (D.P.A.)

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_H._Clovis_Jr.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        WOW, not sure that reflects well on those institutions.

        • David Walker

          Imagine how Wharton and the U of PA feel about the fucking moron and his son.

          • clay

            (abbreviation for the University of Pennsylvania, including its Wharton School, are “Penn”. “U of PA” reads as the State System schools: i.e. West Chester University of PA”. Penn chooses not to remember him. He also went to Fordham for his first two years, yes?)

          • David Walker

            Yes and yes.

      • Boreal

        Golden Gate University=Nancy Pelosi U
        University of Alabama=________________________

        • licuado de platano

          Crimson Tide? Deacon Blue?

          • Boreal

            Alabamastan

      • John30013

        OMG he was an Air Force officer?

        That kinda makes me want to renounce my own commission.

        • Gustav2

          If you met my full bird cousin you would.

        • TuuxKabin

          Keep it Sir, you earned it, and thank you for serving.

  • IAMBOWLINGQUEEN

    o/t Breitbart and Yap-alot-of-shit have had their money bubble burst : ‘Billionaire funder Mercer pulls rug out from under Milo Yiannopoulos — and severs all ties with Breitbart’

    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/billionaire-funder-mercer-pulls-rug-out-from-under-milo-yiannopoulos-and-severs-all-ties-with-breitbart/

    • The_Wretched

      While it is good news, the article also says Mercer’s daughter’s are picking up the tab. This is a political distancing rather than a real one.

  • Snarky

    No relevant experience, and he was aware of Papadopoulos’ attempts to broker a relationship between Russia and the Trump campaign, but he blames it on politics.

    “The political climate inside Washington has made it impossible for me to receive balanced and fair consideration for this position,” Clovis wrote in his letter to Trump.

    • Hank

      J A I L

      • Snarky

        Jail, on the other hand, WOULD be relevant experience for these fuckwits.

    • clay

      “I cannot hoe this row, as the swamp has not been sufficiently drained.”

  • Tomcat

    He reminds me of grandpa on HEE HAW.

    • Snarky

      Or Uncle Joe on Petticoat Junction!

  • Butch

    Completely, completely, OT, but has anyone else seen anything about this nuclear accident in North Korea? Is this true?
    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/11/1/1711741/-You-KNOW-the-News-Cycle-is-Gonzo-When-the-Possible-Collapse-of-NK-s-Nuclear-Threat-Is-Hardly-Noted

    • safari

      It has been reported by a number of services. However, information on Korea is pretty scarce. Personally I’m not horribly concerned about radioactive release. Though if the facility is badly damaged, it will slow down additional nuclear testing. Unless they do an above-ground ocean test instead… which would be interesting since we haven’t had one of those in decades.

      • Butch

        I just thought it was odd I hadn’t seen it reported anywhere else, so I wasn’t sure whether to believe it.

    • The_Wretched

      it’s not getting reported but we have also massively increased our navy presence around the peninsula.

    • Karl Dubhe

      It’s been denied by the North Koreans, so it might be true. *source is Fox news, so take it with a cow lick.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Mueller’s investigation caused this 🙂

    • clay

      Not the Senate Ag Com members, apparently.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    O/T Franco would be thrilled and that’s not a good thing…

    https://twitter.com/magicdmw/status/926110723469651969

    • Tulle Christensen

      Why is the whole Catalonia thing making me think Northern Ireland?

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      The last Spanish Civil war didn’t go so well.

      • Paula

        They just have to keep the Nazis out of it.

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          So much blood shed. With ambiguous principles.

      • Daveed_WOW

        Went very well for the Military-Industrial Complex

  • Michael White

    But he is the poster child for trump voters: old, obese, lying, dumb, racist white man.

  • kaydenpat

    So much winning, y’all!! Exhausting.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      You forgot the “h”

  • GayOldLady

    I wonder why? 😉

  • zherazhera

    A fitting scapegoat for Donnie? Hopefully it won’t end with Clovis though it would be typical for GOP and tRump to get away with it.

  • The_Wretched

    Maybe someone figured out Clovis was one of the sealed indictments?

  • Boreal

    Twitler will be ever so pissed.

  • Kevin Perez

    Wow. He couldn’t even wait until Friday at 8:00pm.

    • clay

      When was his Senate confirmation hearing scheduled for? Didn’t want to risk taking an oath?

  • AJA

    It looks like the Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man/Colonel Sanders mutant creature saw the writing on the wall and wants to keep a low profile. Might not be a scientist, like at all, but he was smart enough to know Mueller’s coming for EVERYONE.

  • Jerry Kott

    I heard it is because they took out the “all you can eat” clause in the proposed contract?

  • Paula

    If they are going to flee, many countries do not extradite to the US. There are some really nice places on that list. 🤮🤮🤮 /s

    Algeria Gabon Niger
    Andorra Guinea North Korea
    Angola Guinea-Bissau Oman
    Armenia Indonesia Qatar
    Bahrain Iran Russia
    Bangladesh Kazakhstan Rwanda
    Belarus Kosovo Samoa
    Bhutan Kuwait São Tomé & Príncipe
    Bosnia and Herzegovina Laos Saudi Arabia
    Brunei Lebanon Senegal
    Burkina Faso Libya Serbia
    Burundi Macedonia Somalia
    Cambodia Madagascar Sudan
    Cameroon the Maldives Syria
    Cape Verde Mali Taiwan
    the Central African Republic the Marshall Islands Togo
    Chad Mauritania Tunisia
    China Micronesia Uganda
    Comoros Moldova Ukraine
    Dem. Republic of the Congo Mongolia United Arab Emirates
    Cote d’ Ivoire Montenegro Uzbekistan
    Cuba Morocco Vanuatu
    Djibouti Mozambique the Vatican
    Equatorial Guinea Myanmar Vietnam
    Eritrea Namibia Yemen

  • djcoastermark

    Sorry, the only thing I see with this guy is those cartoon ads selling “the best hams” That’s all folks.

  • Jeffg166

    Reverts to being a regular pig.

    • Dazzer

      Not sure about him being ‘regular’. He’s a contender for pig of the year in a county show.

  • Dazzer

    I don’t want to be too size-ist here, but Clovis was interviewed a lot on Channel 4 News in the UK during the election.

    He was already somewhat rotund back then, but these days he’s just so… well, round. If he put on any more weight he’d be designated as a dwarf planet.

    • ChrisMorley

      Upvote for ‘dwarf planet’.

    • TuuxKabin

      With it’s own gravitational pull.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Every time I see the word Clovis I think of the Devil, for some reason.

    • JWC

      Ah the Cloven hoof

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Precisely

  • JWC

    SHIT !! you just can’t write better stuff What a ship of fools

  • edrex

    how can a person work for the department of agriculture if they have consumed all the agriculture.

  • Pluto Animus

    No doubt Trump will nominate a more qualified Agriculture candidate.

    A shrubbery, for example.

  • Bluto

    Soros is paying mercer to say this!

  • RJ Tremor

    Creepy fat man with crazy ideas unqualified to take on tasks that’d burn more brain cells than calories wisely backs out to eat more chicken with the sounds of snarfling and drool running down his chin while The Man listens over the secret wire with a cringing face.

    Next!

  • Davester

    Good riddance. Never have a seen a human for whom the adjective ‘porcine’ was more appropriate.

  • LeeCMH

    Good, I like seeing the fallout from the indictments.

  • Gerald Parks

    Haaaaaahaaaa …even THIS rat has enough sense NOT to get on this burning dumpster!

  • Treant

    Unqualified anyway, there’s no reason to even bother with him. Next!

    (But leave room for Mueller as he seems to be involved…)

  • xzargo

    Eat shit and die, you Fat Fuck.

    • Daveed_WOW

      Thank you for saying out loud that which I cannot say while at work.

  • Nowhereman

    Nice to see that he respects the flag so much that he cut a few up and made a tie out of them…

    • FelineMama

      Yes. Quite the patriotic outfit. Matching red suspenders, even! He should’a used the remnants that were left for those. All that’s missing is an Uncle Sam top hat.

    • Jefe5084

      I think he just got back from an audition for the grandpa role in the Pillsbury Dough Boy July 4th extravaganza

  • coram nobis

    I read that headline as “Agriculture Pest Nomination.”

  • Daveed_WOW

    I keep reading “Cloven” and picturing tiny feet beneath a zaftig frame.

  • Turkey Lurkey
    • JCF

      “Spider Pig! Spider Pig! Does whatever a Spider Pig can!”

  • DesertSun59

    Huh. Imagine scientists being nominated for science posts.

    • Gianni

      In Trump’s administration it would be novel and a first.

  • red-diaper-baby 1942

    I think he’s the son of Miss Piggy.

    • FelineMama

      I knew he looked familiar!!

  • Ken
  • JCF
  • Nowhereman

    Well that was quick.

  • Kevin Andrews

    This has been infinitely entertaining as this bloated, batshit crazy Mythologist and Missionary of Hate is exposed as a Treasonous canary who sings to keep his own porcine person from being rendered down for oil as it deserves.
    Nothing is a clearer statement of the treason and intentional acts of sabotage and destruction dealt by the Shitgibbon’s minions. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4f39b0c2d667abcb0e20b4c5ca99fe8b8ad8f0eeba398e5779810936a6c0f0e2.png

  • Gianni

    Shouldn’t he have been considered for a position on the Food and Drug Administration? His first job could have been restructuring the Food Pyramid.

  • Barry William Teske