Mike Pompeo is Secretary of State. He is a defender of global religious freedom. He thinks Donald Trump is the new Queen Esther. He is affiliated with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He is a Sunday School teacher. He believes that “Jesus Christ as our savior is truly the only solution for our world.” He spoke at a God and country rally.
He also berates female reporters with vulgar language and map quizzes.
Here is The New York Times:
Soon after that, Ms. Kelly said, an aide to Mr. Pompeo ended the roughly nine-minute interview, and Mr. Pompeo glared at her and left the room — hardly an unusual reaction in hurly-burly Washington.
But in a broadcast later on NPR, Ms. Kelly described what happened next.
She said the aide who had stopped the interview reappeared and asked her to come with her, with no recorder. Ms. Kelly said she was taken to Mr. Pompeo’s private living room, where he was waiting, and “where he shouted at me for about the same amount of time as the interview itself had lasted.”
“He was not happy to have been questioned about Ukraine,” Ms. Kelly, a co-host of “All Things Considered,” said on NPR. “He asked, ‘Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?’ He used the f-word in that sentence, and many others.”
Mr. Pompeo asked Ms. Kelly if she could find Ukraine on a map, and Ms. Kelly, whose reporting has taken her around the world — to Russia, North Korea and other countries — said, “Yes.”
“He called out for his aides to bring him a map of the world with no writing, no countries marked,” Ms. Kelly said. “I pointed to Ukraine. He put the map away. He said, ‘People will hear about this.’”
Read the entire piece here.
Christian writer and priest Fleming Rutledge puts it well. I can’t do any better:
This is a cri de coeur from the depths of all I know of Christian formation. When a man who makes a great show of his Christian faith does this, at the heart of our government, what is left of us as a civilization?https://t.co/OUO3mjHqrF
— Fleming Rutledge (@flemingrut) January 25, 2020
ADDENDUM (1-25-2020 at 5:40pm)
It looks like Mike Pompeo has responded to this story on Secretary of State letterhead:
“NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly lied to me, twice. First, last month, in setting up our interview and, then again yesterday, in agreeing to have our post-interview conversation off the record. It is shameful that this reporter chose to violate the basic rules of journalism and decency.
This is another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt President Trump and this Administration. It is no wonder that the American people distrust many in the media when they so consistently demonstrate their agenda and their absence of integrity.
It is worth noting that Bangladesh is NOT Ukraine.”
Hey Christian kids, when someone (allegedly) lies to you, you have every right to scream at them, mistreat them, degrade their expertise, and curse at them. Just follow the example of evangelical role model and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his boss Donald Trump. Don’t listen to all the evangelical anti-Trump losers who tell you to turn the other cheek. Just fire-back in a press release or get your public relations people to book you on Fox News. After all, we are in the middle of the culture war. We can’t let little things like Jesus’s words in the Sermon on the Mount get in the way when we have so much work to do in our righteous quest to restore Christian values.