If you were to just look at this man – a former Navy SEAL – you’d probably not think there was anything particularly bad or evil about him. He looks professional and clean-cut.
His name is Erik Prince. Prince is the founder and former CEO of scandal-ridden Blackwater (since rebranded as Xe) and the little brother of Betsy DeVos. He’s also a vocal supporter of Donald Trump, and donated $250,000 to Trump’s election efforts in 2016.
Perhaps you don’t think the connections to Blackwater and DeVos are enough to raise him to “evil” status. I get that.
The evil part would be the casual and cold way that he lied under oath to Congress – and continues to lie, backtrack, and contradict himself in an hour-long interview with Medhi Hasan (you can view the whole thing here). If you don’t have time for the whole thing, this minute and a half video has one of the most striking bald-faced lies:
The video is just jaw dropping pic.twitter.com/xRMxo1arwf— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) March 8, 2019
No video? Hasan’s write up of the interview at The Intercept has plenty of choice bits, such as this:
[Prince] denied that his current company, Frontier Services Group, is planning to build a “training facility” in Xinjiang, China, where more than a million Uighur Muslims are being held in Chinese detention camps, dismissing a press release confirming the news as a mistranslation from Mandarin. I had to inform him that the press release was issued by his own company, FSG, in English.https://theintercept.com/2019/03/08/erik-prince-trump-mehdi-hasan/
We simply cannot keep excusing this kind of blatant lying. The audience for the interview (in Oxford) has the right, astonished reaction at this bullshit.
When will Americans react the same way?