The Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles was temporarily shut down this weekend after Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was sent a gift-wrapped box with mysterious — and perhaps dangerous — contents. When authorities realized the parcel contained nothing other than a massive amount of horse manure, order was restored. Now, the man behind the political prank has come forward.
According to The Huffington Post, Robby Strong, a psychologist for the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, has admitted to sending the foul package. Strong was motivated by the recent passage of the deeply unpopular Republican tax cuts.
“The fact that [Republicans] can be so brazen and act with such impunity tells me that we have to be more brazen with our activism and maybe a bit more aggressive,” said Strong.
The arrival of Strong's delivery prompted a response from a bomb squad and the Secret Service, causing the affluent neighbors of Mnuchin to be confined to their homes for hours while the situation was investigated. Mnuchin himself was home at the time the delivery was received. The package came with a card that read: “We’re returning the ‘gift’ of the Christmas tax bill. It’s bullsh*t. Warmest wishes, The American People. P.S. – Kiss Donald for me."
The manure was reportedly obtained from a friend's horse.
Strong had posted about his prank on Facebook shortly before the investigation into the joke began:
"I need someone to ride along and document my Secret Santa project," Strong wrote. "I'm going to hand deliver boxes of horse shit to Steve Mnuchin over in Beverly Hills. Because if money is free speech, so is horse shit. PM me. We'll go down in the anals of history. No disguises, no fake names. Totally owning this one. You're only powerless if you do nothing!!!"
Strong said he was also visited by Secret Service investigators.
“This is a glorified frat boy prank,” he told the New York Daily News. “How much can you punish someone for dropping box of doodie?”
“It was pure organic horsesh*t, just like everything that administration’s done so far," Strong continued on Facebook. "Bomb scares certainly were not my intention, but maybe they should be a little scared, eh.”
He currently faces no criminal charges, according to The Huffington Post.
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