Elephants Fair Game Again in Trump’s Bizarro World

President Trump’s position on a particular issue is like what Mark Twain said about the weather in New England. “If you don’t like it right now…,” oh hell, forget it. You can’t believe a word the guy says. As an animal lover and a political junkie, it’s more important than ever to watch what Trump does, not what he says.

Back in November, Trump’s Interior Department, led by the ethically challenged Ryan Zinke, reversed an Obama-era ban on elephant hunting trophies—tusks and other body parts—from being brought into the country. A massive outcry ensued from both animal supporters and decent human beings. Trump reversed his own people and maintained the ban, saying, hunting elephants for sport was “a horror show.” Just last month, Trump said he reversed Zinke and company because, “I didn’t want elephants killed and stuffed and have the tusks brought back.”

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

But as we have seen with the majority of what Trump says, maintaining the elephant trophy ban talk was all nonsense. According to a March 1 memo, Interior quietly lifted the ban, saying elephant trophies being allowed into the country would be decided on a case-by-case basis.

So, who were the driving forces behind Trump’s Interior Department changing course? Wait for it…that’s right, the NRA along with Trump’s sons Uday and Qusay. During some downtime as it tries to make sure maniacal, would-be school murders can still exercise their constitutional right to an AR-15, the NRA has sued to make sure the savagery in Africa is furthered by the ability to bring home the evidence for show.

When Interior first reversed the ban, even Trump’s nutty peeps on the right were outraged. Whack-job and impossible-to-listen-to radio host Laura Ingraham and whack-job but so-whacky-it’s-entertaining-to-listen-to Michael Savage both spoke out to the president, asking that the ban be maintained.

So what now? Unsurprisingly, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders twisted herself into a pretzel to try to make someone, anyone, believe that Trump’s position on the issue hasn’t changed—that he is still against cruelly slaying the majestic elephants. But of course, that is what he says, not what his administration does.

Just as it was 60 degrees last week and we have a foot of snow on the ground today, Trump says one thing and does another.