Monday, August 29, 2016

Rob Portman worked for Haitian dictator

Far-right Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is facing a tough reelection battle, and now it's gotten even tougher with the revelation that he once worked for Haiti's brutal right-wing dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier.

Duvalier as you may recall lived a lavish lifestyle at the expense of his impoverished people. Like other right-wing dictators, he also made money from illegal drug sales. He even sold dead Haitians' body parts. The Reagan regime strongly supported Duvalier's reign and rescued him by flying him out of Haiti when he was overthrown. Duvalier bumped his wife's grandparents from the escape flight to make room for items he stole from the country.

It turns out that in the mid-'80s, while Portman worked for a law and lobbying firm that represented foreign governments, he registered as a foreign agent for the Duvalier regime.

What do you have to say for yourself, Portman?

And I don't care to see any hair-splitting by the right-wing media defending Portman on this. I'm out of fucks to give. I will repeat: Rob Portman registered as an agent of a foreign dictatorship. That means it's fair to say that he worked for that regime. I stand by this claim, because I have guts.

One of the reasons this came to light is that Portman served as trade rep in the thuggish George W. Bush regime and had to try to clear his name before serving.

Am I surprised? No. America's Far Right has a history of supporting some of the world's worst dictators. For example, fascist Sen. David Perdue (R-Georgia) openly praised Singapore's totalitarian dictator Lee Kuan Yew.

After Portman helped worsen the recession of the 2000s - and blamed everyone else - why is he even able to run again?