San Francisco columnist justifies death threats against Trump EPA chief

In an article published Thursday at the sister site for the San Francisco Chronicle, columnist Mark Morford justified the numerous death threats being leveled against Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, telling readers the threats “make a warped sort of sense.”

Morford described Pruitt as a “banally evil, milquetoast, science-denying government administrator” who has been receiving a “surprising-but-then-again-not-really number of death threats.”

According to the Washington Free Beacon:

“Scott Pruitt, the pallid, oily anti-environment corporate shill beloved by the least palatable humans in the corporate world, is getting a lot of death threats, up to five times more than any EPA head in history,” writes Morford, who goes on to suggest that the death threats may be coming from “God herself.”

“They are, perhaps, coming from environmental advocates, or teachers, or lovers of life and humanity and nature, or distraught mothers, worried that Pruitt’s actions will, quite correctly, endanger the lives of their children,” Morford writes. “They are, most likely, coming from God herself.”

Morford in the piece accuses Pruitt of creating a sound proof office space so he could “block out the screams of all the children, poor, and elderly he is harming and even (eventually) killing, more or less directly, as he whispers dreamy deregulation porn into the withered, cauliflower ears of coal barons, oil magnates and leathery brothers Koch.”

Something, however, happened on the way to Morford’s article.  It seems the reference to “God herself” was removed.  The paragraph in question now reads (Emphasis added):

They are, perhaps, coming from scientists. They are, perhaps, coming from environmental advocates, or teachers, or peace activists, or lovers of life and humanity and nature, or distraught mothers, worried that Pruitt’s actions will, quite correctly, endanger the lives of their children. They are, most likely, coming from Mother Nature.

An archived version of the article, which can be seen here, verifies the original wording.

The original version also compared Pruitt and President Trump to “the devil himself.”

“What’s true for Pruitt and Trump is true for the devil himself. When you mean the world ill, the world will mean it right back at you,” he wrote.

That paragraph has also been changed and now reads:

This is but a simple acknowledgement: when you send death threats to the world and all who live on her, the world will, quite naturally, send them right back.

The current version also includes this: “Unless you belong to that literalist, desperately unloved sect of right-wing sycophants who sacrificed all your critical thinking skills at the altar of neo-Nazi, pro-Trump Breitbartism, you surely understand: this is no advocacy for violence. Only the smallest of minds and most unstable of souls would mis-read my words in such a way.”

Compare the two versions and you can easily see the original contained no disclaimer whatsoever.

A post at Climate Change Dispatch explained:

Audrey Cooper, the Chronicle’s editor in chief, would not comment on the contents of Morford’s column, explaining that SFGate.com “currently operates independently from the Chronicle newsroom and occasionally contracts with outside columnists, such as Mark Morford.”

“I’m not going to comment on something I had no role in publishing,” said Cooper.

Cooper said Morford does not write for the Chronicle‘s newspaper or website.

Cooper directed questions on Morford’s piece to the publisher of SF Gate, who has yet to provide comment.

Both the Chronicle and SF Gate are owned by Hearst Communications.

The Daily Caller also noted:

Morford’s defense of death threats against the Environmental Protection Agency’s top official are a far cry from the messianic zeal he expressed for Obama in 2008.

Nine years ago, Morford spent 1,007 words predicting that Obama would be one of the greatest leaders in the history of the world — “that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet.”

“I’ve heard from far too many enormously smart, wise, spiritually attuned people who’ve been intuitively blown away by Obama’s presence — not speeches, not policies, but sheer presence,” Morford wrote then.

“Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker,” Morford went on to explain — constantly capitalizing “lightworker” and making it a compound word.

In February 2011, I first said that liberalism, at its core, is an ideology of rage and hate.  Sadly, leftists like Morford prove that assertion correct on just about any given day.


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