The race to see who can grift the most Ameros from the Treasury has a new leader in the pole position. Sure, we’ve had Bennie-the-Blade’s $31K whore-house-styled kitchen table, and fossil-fuel fetishist Scott Pruitt’s $43K Cone of Silence, but these boys are pikers compared with tariff enthusiast US Trade
Wars Representative Robert Lighthizer
Show ’em how it’s done, Lighthizer:
- $3,500 on an antique desk
- $859 on a much-needed Executive Office of the Prznint plaque, you know, incase he forgets who he works for.
- $830 to “transport and install two paintings on loan from the Smithsonian”
- $475,000 to Executive Furniture of Washington, D.C.
For his staff, Lighthizer bought:
- $18,500 for 60 sit-stand desks
- $290,000 for a modular wall system (think GAP displays?)
- $54,000 for 90 Herman Miller Aeron office chairs
Clearly Robert Lighthizer is not a fan of Trading Spaces.
But here’s the kicker. Lighthizer’s office explained his free-spending ways thusly:
“The furniture purchases are the culmination of a longtime, planned project that began under the Obama administration to replace two-decade-old furniture.”