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Ryan Zinke releases wild statement accusing congressman of being a drunk
People found his response quite intense.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke accused a member of Congress of having a drinking problem in an attempt to defend himself after the congressman wrote an op-ed calling for Zinke’s resignation.
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Az.) called on Zinke to resign in an op-ed for USA Today, citing “ethical and managerial failings” from the interior secretary.
“While the secretary continues to project confidence, questions have grown since the election about his future plans, and the White House reportedly fears that he would be unable to withstand scrutiny on Capitol Hill,” Grijalva wrote in the op-ed. “Those fears are justified. Mr. Zinke has never even tried to offer an explanation for the sheer scope of his well-documented scandals.”
It appears, however, that Zinke wasn’t going to let the op-ed stand without pushing back.
In a statement released on Twitter, Zinke blasted Grijalva and implied that he had a drinking problem.
“It’s hard for him to think straight from the bottom of the bottle,” Zinke wrote. “This is coming from a man who used nearly $50,000 in tax dollars as hush money to cover up his drunken and hostile behavior. He should resign and pay back the taxpayer for the hush money and the tens of thousands of dollars he forced my department to spend investigating unfounded allegations.”
— Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) November 30, 2018
Many people online were in disbelief that the interior secretary would come out so strongly against a member of Congress.
Ryan Zinke's home state of Montana has the 4th highest rate of alcoholism in the nation, so you can see what the disdain he feels for so many fellow Montanans, or Americans who have overcome or struggle with an alcohol or drug problem. https://t.co/j9wdc0q7bs
— Adam Szachacz (@Wallzers) November 30, 2018
— Adrenochrome Harvester (@ClenchedFisk) November 30, 2018
Facing hearings into his alleged corruption and misdeeds, Zinke takes a page from his boss's playbook. He calls committee chairman a drunk. https://t.co/EHLyEXu3di
— Evan Halper (@evanhalper) November 30, 2018
— Kate Kelly (@katepkelly) November 30, 2018
well, this seems like a dignified use of the office
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 30, 2018
This seems like a pretty good indication that Zinke doesn't plan to remain in office for any oversight hearings come January. https://t.co/L43J8bw0ua
— Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) November 30, 2018
This is insane, but then again, everything is. https://t.co/csa1oNrxxQ
— Peter Sagal (@petersagal) November 30, 2018
You can read all of Grijalva’s op-ed in USA Today here.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).