May 22, 2017

THE TRUMPIES ARE JEALOUS:

Trump's Commerce Secretary Impressed by Lack of Protests in Despotic Petro Kingdom (Jonathan Chait, 5/22/17, New York)

Ross explains that the most impressive aspect of the visit is that "[t]here was not a single hint of a protester anywhere there the whole time we were there. Not one guy with a bad placard." After being gently reminded that Saudi Arabia does not permit protest or dissent, which makes its absence meaningless as a measure of public sentiment, Ross simply continues as if that fact does not matter, and the display he witnessed must be an authentic representation of public opinion in the country: "In theory, that could be true, but boy there was certainly no sign of it. There was not a single effort at an incursion, there wasn't anything. The mood was a genuinely good mood."

It's worth noting that protest is not merely a mildly discouraged activity in Saudi Arabia. It's a capital crime. One recent protester has been sentenced to death by crucifixion and beheading. That kind of tough-on-crime policy might help explain the "genuinely good mood" Ross enjoyed.

Posted by at May 22, 2017 11:07 AM

  

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