Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is a villain. He likes being a villain.
Mnuchin was photographed with his wife last week posing with newly printed sheets of U.S. currency. The bills were the first to bear Munchin’s signature. The internet suggested that the viral photograph makes Mnuchin and his wife look like villains from a James Bond movie. Honestly, it does.
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What does Steve Mnuchin think? Well, first of all, he didn’t expect the photograph to go public. Secondly, he enjoys the image of himself as a James Bond villain, because apparently, he believes that to be a compliment.
Mnuchin said to Fox News that:
“I never thought I’d be quoted as looking like villains from the James Bond. I guess I should take that as a compliment that I look like a villain in a great, successful James Bond movie.”
Right. Holding public office in Mnuchin’s case, contrary to what he appears to believe, does not make him successful, smart, or in any way unique or interesting. If you remember – Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs banker, was nominated by Donald Trump because he is a rich banker.
Donald Trump believes that rich people are rich because they are smarter than people who aren’t rich. It has become crystal clear that Steve Munchin buys into this fallacy as well.
Fox news asked Mnuchin why he posed for the photo. He answered that he was excited to have his signature on the dollar bill and said that it’s “a great privilege” being Treasury Secretary.
And by “great privilege” we can assume that Mnuchin was left in awe of the scope of the power he wields when he saw his signature printed on sheets of money. And instead of leaving it at that, he posed for a photo with the money like it’s his brand.
Mnuchin is a villain, indeed. Even scarier – he identifies with it. His explanation offers no introspection whatsoever:
“I didn’t realize the pictures were public and going on the internet and viral, but people can do that. People can communicate what they want.”
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