EPA Official Wore Fake Nose To Spy On Driving Test

The Associated Press reports:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Cathy Stepp’s daughter says her mother wore a fake nose and sunglasses to try to help her pass a 2011 driving test after she failed her initial attempt.

Stepp had her daughter, Hannah, introduce her to staff on Jan. 11 after President Donald Trump appointed the former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources secretary to be the EPA Region 5 administrator.

During the introduction, Hannah Stepp said her mother wore the disguise so she could follow someone taking the Wisconsin driver’s test. She said her mom wanted to learn the route to help her practice for her own test. She told the newspaper that her mom always carries a fake nose around.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Hannah Stepp’s charm offensive, gently roasting her mother as a mom who would do anything for her kids, didn’t necessarily have the intended effect. The speech went down well, Hannah thought. Not everyone in the room agreed.

“It was baffling,” said one staffer who witnessed the speech but spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not permitted to talk to the media. “For a public official’s daughter to admit that in front of her entire staff? It’s unethical and then, did she help put someone unsafe on the roads?”

  • bkmn

    The best people.

  • coram nobis

    That’s all we need on TV is more fake nose.


  • SkokieGuy

    No tag “Not Onion Article”?

    • jeffg166

      Who can tell any longer.

  • PickyPecker
  • Lazycrockett
    • madknits

      In Italian this hand gesture is known as “mano in fico” (hand in the fig), and is about as rude as you can get.

    • BobSF_94117

      When I was a child, we would sometimes go to Italy for the summer to stay with relatives. I don’t remember why — I think it was part of some joke or story I had heard back at home in the states — but I made that gesture. Eight years old. Relatives blanched…

  • Mike C

    We already know you have to somewhat weird to work in the Trump adminstration but everyday I’m shocked by how exactly weird. “My mom always carries around a fake nose”. How fucked up is this woman?

  • HZ81

    She went to the Chelsea Manning Institute for Super Spying and Emoji Usage.

    • Librarykid

      and did post graduate study with James O’Keefe.

  • Tawreos

    What type of whackjob got put in charge here? Why on earth would someone need a fake nose at all times?

    • TuuxKabin

      Come on . . .

    • David Walker

      Well, you know…you can never tell when a fake nose might come in handy.

      • The_Wretched

        good for sniffing out fake news

      • Uncle Mark

        Like when she frequents dirty bookstores, dirty movie theaters, or just off cheating on this gal’s dad. (I’ll refrain from mentioning those tawdry tupperware parties she attends.)

        • The_Wretched

          She can top off the disguise with Clark Kent eye glasses.

    • Robert K Wright

      So she can sniff out “fake news”?

    • mpatreyu

      Please note she is in a picture with Scott Walker. Nuff said

    • Uncle Mark

      Makes me wonder where her mother goes that she feels the need for a disguise all the time?

      • Tawreos

        She’s a drag king on the side that goes by the name Lou Syffer

    • JCF

      Matches the boobs!

  • RyanInIllinois

    I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that nothing surprises me anymore. The world we live in now is absurd, bordering on nonsensical, and that’s all there is to it. Trump’s election was just the trumpet blast that announced our new un-reality.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      These people were always out there. Now they’ve been “elevated to important positions” and their “personality quirks” (I’m being kind) are magically blasted across the Intertubes.

    • Librarykid

      I was thinking Trump’s election was the trumpet blast of flatulence that announces the hours of agony brought on by eating Haribo sugarless gummy bears. If you do not understand this reference or the agony it entails, do a Google search for the product.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    What the hell ???

    Normalcy please !!

  • TuuxKabin

    No moustache?

    • Gustav2

      She already had one.

      • TuuxKabin

        Ahhh, so she bleached it. Good job.

    • BobSF_94117

      Not up top…

      • TuuxKabin


  • coram nobis

    The Environmental Proboscis Agency?

    • jeffg166
      • mpatreyu

        Um, that almost looks like something else. Intentional?

        • jeffg166

          Could be.

          • coram nobis

            Nobody nose.

          • CharlestonDave

            There’s an odd smell about this. It snot reliable.

      • Tawreos

        Put up a NSFW warning before you post pictures of Trump junk. =)

        • mpatreyu

          Pretty sure his doesn’t look that good 😉

      • Uncle Mark

        Does that nose vibrate, too?

        • mpatreyu

          Asking for a friend?

          • Uncle Mark

            Yes. Melania is too shy to ask, but in desperate need to find some happiness

          • JDS

            Melanoma needs a 240volt model.

          • Uncle Mark

            It’s much better than the current reVOLT model she has now

        • Mickey Bitsko

          The sneezing fits are so worth it.

        • JCF

          It lengthens, proverbially just like her boss’s. [NOSE!]

      • Uncle Mark

        Alas, you cannot have that nose and give JUST a rim job…unless you’re Gene Simmons

    • David Walker

      Ah, mama, thy name is Cyrano.

      • Mark

        Lie to me!!!!!

        • Robert K Wright

          That’s Pinocchio…

          • Mark

            I know.

          • (((GC)))

            “Tell a lie! Tell the truth! Tell a lie! Tell the truth! Tell a lie! Tell the truth!”

  • GeoffreyPS

    Funny thing is if I was the person administering the test, I would get a general description of the driver, but my focus would be on getting the license plate of the car (and calling the police if warranted).

  • Lazycrockett


    So much for Drumpf obstruction of justice.

    • mpatreyu


      • thatotherjean

        So very many squirrels.

    • jeffg166

      Get my smelling salts!

    • TuuxKabin

      Again? Said J. Rocket Squirrel.

    • Tread

      Jesus fuck. She’s not the god damn president, you assholes.

    • Bambino

      Calling Tony Perkins and Franklin Graham, will he be pardon?

      • Bad Tom

        No mulligan! You’re the mulligan!

    • Mark
    • The_Wretched

      Relevancy? Can we pretty please stop bringing up Hillary as the comparison for everything?

    • Bambino
    • The_Wretched

      My question, why the hell did she have a traveling “faith advisor?”

      Is she that religious, did he serve a different function (confidant for unloading??), what did he do?

      • Lazycrockett

        Yes from what I have heard she is very very religious. One of the few things I don’t like bout her.

      • BobSF_94117

        Gave people the impression she gave a fuck about their religious concerns.

  • Pollos Hermanos
  • JWC

    People people she is GOP lying comes with the territory It is a required field

  • geoffalnutt
    • TuuxKabin

      Where’s the rest of Groucho?

  • alc2018
  • JoeMyGod

    Former construction company owner, Wisconsin DNR chair and noted climate change critic Cathy Stepp has taken a post with President DonaldTrump’s administration, and will serve in the Environmental Protection Agency in the Midwest.

    Wisconsin DNR Chair Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Cathy Stepp is leaving her state post to accept an appointment as a deputy administrator with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 – which covers Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

    • JCF

      “noted climate change critic Cathy Stepp”

      By “climate change critic” I assume you do NOT mean someone who actually criticizes the changing of the climate? [Because that would be, like, rational?]

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    The wi dmv, when I took the test, randomly chose a course for the road test to take. I think there were 5 possible routes in my area.

  • boobert
  • Bambino
  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Fake Christ! They cheat at everything. Not that this necessarily comes as a surprise, but FUUUUUUUCCCCCKKKKKKK!

  • The_Wretched

    Quality, it shines through.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
  • gaycuckhubby

    This is silly and funny

  • Uncle Mark

    Her mom now works for Nunez…spying on the FBI.

  • CB

    Paging Cyrano de Bergerac.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Why are Republicans so weird?

    • Tawreos

      They have been divorced from reality for so long that they have trouble passing for normal humans anymore.

    • stevenj

      Wierd. And cruel.

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element
    • Librarykid

      Was this the adoptions the Russians wanted to discuss in the meeting at Trump Tower, kittens?

  • Helen Damnation™

    I was hoping some of y’all here in the comments could provide enlightenment on this story. So I’m here, and nobody has a clue. More coffee?

    • Tawreos

      Vodka might help comprehension a bit.

    • The_Wretched

      Trump’s admin is full of idiots and people with poor thinking skills. This story is cumulative evidence.

      Part of the problem is well qualified people don’t want any part of the Trump admin and part of the problem is the Trump admin wants to hurt the FEDGOV and these tools will make that happen.

      • CharlestonDave

        Or the Trump team strategy is driven by hate of the institution of government, matched with a determination to destroy it by sewing incompetency everywhere and placing people in charge of things they want to destroy. Also known as the Termite Theory.

        • The_Wretched

          I hadn’t heard that label but “Termite Theory” fits.

  • Chris H.

    Fake nose to match the fake president?

  • GayOldLady

    It looks as if everyone in the Trump administration is Nucking Futs.

    • Tawreos

      Sanity is a disqualifier for that group

  • Rex

    Ethics in the GOP is no longer a thing.

  • I am positive this is not the same universe I started out in. And each day, I seem to wake up further away from the Earth Prime shard, where things make sense.

    • Pat Padrnos

      I’m with you. Each day I think things cannot get more squirelly – and somehow each day they do.

    • zhera

      Do you think maybe we got thrown into a parallell world when they did that black hole experiment at CERN?

      • JCF

        Makes as much sense as anything else…

    • BobSF_94117

      Just on the off chance that it would work, as I was sitting alone at my desk last night, I cleared my throat and, in a very clear and firm voice, said out loud, “Administrator, please. I concede. END GAME!”.

      Obviously, it didn’t work.

  • Paula
  • Tread

    l can’t wait for that smarmy fuck, Scott Walker, to be out on his ear after this year. It’ll be hilarious.

  • safari

    These are weird people.

  • Leo

    Same day as 2008 Hillary. Let’s see what gets more coverage -___-

    • pj


    • The_Wretched

      I read ‘casion mogul’ as near-mobster.

    • ChrisMorley

      Like another grabbing 71 year old, he’s on wife No 3.

  • Leo
  • Jim Maloney

    There are no words.

  • teeveedub

    Only the best people.

  • i can’t even…

  • So, so many questions…

  • ClevelandJim

    And they were all. totally. FOOLED! Hahahaha, those dim Wisconsinites!

  • ClevelandJim

    She looks like Victoria Jackson’s more suburban sister.

  • What sort of person carries a fake nose? Except for clown noses and the ever popular Groucho nose/glasses duo, where does one even buy fake noses??

    • BobSF_94117

      While I understand your concerns, I’d be more worried about someone who carries around real noses.

  • BobSF_94117

    “It was baffling… It’s unethical and then, did she help put someone unsafe
    on the roads?”

    To say nothing of the pronouns.

  • Mickey Bitsko

    She told the newspaper that her mom always carries a fake nose around.

    Ah, the old Orson Welles fake schnoz ploy.


  • Talisman

    This adminisration is all about distraction while Ryan and McConnell destroy this country.

  • Friday

    Republicans as usual managing to both be cheaters and idiots at the same time….

    Still, you gotta wonder where else that fake nose has *been* lately.

  • Trevor Brown

    So…this dummy couldn’t pass a test that any 16 year old with any motivation could?

  • Vista-Cruiser

    This is roughly the same level of crazy as Michelle Bachmann crouching behind a hedge.

  • Richard

    ” She told the newspaper that her mom always carries a fake nose around.” Who does this shit? Lunatics

  • KaBoomBOX

    This is not normal. None of this is normal. Normal, sane people don’t do this shit.

  • nipper

    All they do is to know how to cheat

  • SDG

    “her mom always carries a fake nose around.”

    I won’t be able to get passed this one.