Newly announced presidential candidate (and murder suspect) John McAfee, of cybersecurity fame, visited Fox’s On The Record for what is either the weirdest or worst – or both – presidential campaign launch in history.
In case you’re not familiar with McAfee, The Hill has a good article about his – uh, unconventional background. To sum up, “He’s played Russian roulette in front of a reporter to prove a point, was once a fugitive from the law in Belize and, just last month, was arrested for an alleged gun violation and driving under the influence.”
You knew the interview would be strange when McAfee said at the beginning that he had just come from MSNBC where he had had to sit for an hour “and I was asleep when I went on so God knows what I may have said.”
In case you’re wondering, McAfee is running on the Cyber Party. He attacked the Obama administration for being incompetent in cyber science. He promised to run “a purely electronic campaign” that would involve “fireside chats” that would allow viewers to “input questions.” But he won’t be going to Iowa, nor will he be “shaking any hands or kissing any babies.”
Other than that, McAfee would not provide any information. Asked if he’d self fund, McAfee said, “The world will find that out very shortly.” Asked about his thoughts on ISIS, McAfee said, “My campaign manager, who is holding a baseball bat right here, would break both my kneecaps if I were to say anything specific about anything other than what I’m allowed to talk about which is, at this point, generalities.”
McAfee repeated the broken kneecaps line at least one more time in the interview.
“I’m more interested in finding out where we all are American and what that means and to lead America …leaving no one out,” McAfee said. “We can start with the simple thing that we are all human and have the same emotions of compassion and joy and fear and greed.”
“When any candidate tells you exactly what they’re gonna do when they get into office, you should not pay attention to that person,” McAfee continued. “90% of what’s actually happening in the government, we have no clue about.” He likened himself to a doctor who “hasn’t seen the patient” and therefore can’t prescribe a course of treatment. However, Hillary Clinton, he acknowledged, “may have some answers” because her husband was president. “If anybody has answers, she may but no one else will.”
Van Susteren asked about the homicide investigation. Let’s just say that McAfee’s response was not reassuring.
MCAFEE: I was sort of at war with the police at the time over the fact that they had stormed my property in the jungle, destroyed my laboratory and shot my dog in front of my eyes. By the way, with an AR-15, supplied by the American government, shot by a soldier, trained by the FBI in Quantico. I was not charged with anything, they wanted to question me. Now, in a third world country in Central America, frequently that involves stringing you up by the heels, putting a football helmet on your head and beating you with a baseball bat until your brains turn to mush. That’s not the type of questioning that I’m interested in, Greta.
So I’ve offered to police if you really do want to question me, come to America or any neutral country. They’ve ignored me. They really don’t want to question me. They wanted to punish me for exposing all sorts of corruption. So I was not charged and you forgot to bring up the DUI from a few weeks ago in Tennessee and I’ll explain that.
Notice that he didn’t say he never killed anyone?
If you want to hear his explanation about that DUI in Tennessee or you want to see a candidate who makes Donald Trump look presidential, watch the video below, from the September 11 On The Record.
Please shut up.
I’d only intended to strike through “mis” in “mismanagement.” Maybe I should’ve used a semi-colon instead of the double-hyphen (aka dash).
Let’s see if this works better:
(especially as her particular field was in the -mis-management side).
Well, I’m sure FoxNoise appreciated the attack on Obama but does this guy think any candidate who routinely appears on FoxNoise (ie, “Republicon”) is any less “incompetent in cyber science?”
Of all the GOP candidates, the only one comes remotely close to having any credentials for “cyber science” is Fiorina and she helped run one of the computer industry’s top corporations into the ground. So, I’m guessing she isn’t all that competent in cyber science (especially as her particular field was in the
The rest of the GOP pack, I wouldn’t trust them to know how to start up a computer, much less anything more detailed.