Let me start by pointing out that I was, for the most part, negative on Ronny Jackson becoming head of the Veteran’s Administration (VA). My reasoning was that he has no administrative experience which would qualify him for handling this complex, $180 billion dollar program (though, on the positive side, the people with most experience are also the ones who “administered” it into the mess the VA has become).
But the reasons Ronny Jackson was forced to withdraw his name were not related to his experience, they were that he terrified a woman by pounding on her door at night in a drunken stupor, wrecked a car – also in a drunken stupor – and handed out percoset like it was Pez…
…all of which appear, now, to be untrue.
Karen Townsend, at hotair.com, has an excellent article about this, which not only debunks the allegations against Dr. Jackson, but severely indicts Jon Tester, the Democrat Senator from Montana, who pushed them hard enough to force Jackson out.
Here are key excerpts (if you use the link and read it all, you’ll find more detailed evidence):
On the drunken door pounding, the Secret Service has now released a statement knocking it down after the CNN story was published. (CNN)
After this story was published, the Secret Service released a statement saying that it had no record of “any incident, specifically, any incident involving Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson.”
“A thorough review of internal documents related to all Presidential foreign travel that occurred in 2015, in addition to interviews of personnel who were present during foreign travel that occurred during the same time frame, has resulted in no information that would indicate the allegation is accurate.”
About that wrecked car, the Secret Service also disputes that claim. The Washington Post reported Friday nightthat after a thorough review of his vehicle records, the drunken accident claim isn’t there.
And, of the loosey-goosey pill distribution, the White House produced two years of audits showing no problems.
If what you just read is true – and it certainly looks that way – there are several lessons to be learned here.
The first – and it’s a lesson we learn over and over again – is never to take media accounts at face value, especially if they are negative accounts that affect someone media, by and large, hates. Would they have been as fast to run with those allegations if Dr. Ronny Jackson was appointed by Barack Obama?
Next, related to the first and just as important, do not assume negative material on a Donald Trump appointee is true; not when so many in the media are clearly out to get rid of him, election notwithstanding.
Third, understand that media’s obvious intent to down any appointment of Donald Trump’s they can in any way they can do it is making it more and more difficult for Mr. Trump to make appointments. If you were asked to be in his administration, would media’s intent to find any dirt they could on your life – real or otherwise, as seen in the Dr. Ronny Jackson case – cause you to think twice about it? The answer is self-evident.
And, finally, President Trump has demanded that Jon Tester resign over these allegations and what they did to Dr. Jackson.
Tester won’t go anywhere (maybe the voters will do that for him in November). But Mr. Trump has a point.