Donald Trump’s Department of Agriculture Pick Saying Scientists Are ‘Dumb’ for Believing Dinosaurs Existed Is A Hoax
By Shawn Rice
President Donald Trump is expected to pick Sam Clovis for a U.S. Department of Agriculture science position; however, reports that Clovis said that scientists are “stupid” for believing dinosaurs existed are false. There is no truth to the claim that Clovis said dinosaurs never existed? Where did this fake news originate?
USPOLN.com reported on May 20, 2017, that Clovis who is a former professor of economics and talk radio show host said that scientists are “dumb” and that dinosaurs are a hoax.
The research section of the USDA studies everything from nutrition to climate change, and according to the 2008 Farm Bill the “chief scientist” is supposed to be the leader “among distinguished scientists with specialized or significant experience in agricultural research, education and economics.” President Donald Trump’s pick, Sam Clovis, doesn’t seem to have any of those credentials. He has never taken science as part of his graduate course and questions the legitimacy of climate change. Although he has a doctorate in public administration and taught business and public policy at Morningside College for ten years, he barely published any academic work. Clovis had made a reputation for himself as a conservative talk radio show in Iowa and an avid Trump supporter.
When asked to comment on his credentials in a recent interview with KYXL Radio, Clovis, who is currently working as the senior White House advisor within the USDA, argued that he was “proud” he didn’t have any scientific credentials or education, because “scientists are nothing more than a bunch of mislead individuals anyway … When I get back home from work – believe me – I thank God every single day that he had the mercy not to make me a scientist as well … That’s why I’m happy I’m not one of them. At the end of the day, scientists are nothing more than a bunch of dumb, regular people with limited vision who think dinosaurs actually existed and the earth is somehow getting warmer. They don’t even consider the fact that there’s more to us, to our species than just the physical and the tangible. It’s as funny as it is pitiful,” he said. When asked why he continues to work as president Trump’s pick for top scientist if that’s how he feels about it, he replied, “Well, just because you’re a member of the Trump administration doesn’t mean you don’t have to pay the bills. That used to work for members of the Obama administration, if I remember correctly. Not now,” Clovis concluded.
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