Following President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the right-wing websites were covered up with stories and comments about how there were no protests or protesters to be seen when Trump visited. They even tried to spin that into the first horseman of the peaceful Middle East because the great and powerful Trump came to town.
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross even pulled that line out during his interview on CNBC yesterday.
What is truly astonishing is the ignorance that comment shows. Anyone with any awareness of the Middle East has heard of the House of Saud and the atrocities they are known for. One can only imagine what the punishment for protesting a foreign dignitary could be in Saudi Arabia considering the blogger who was accused of insulting Islam received ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes.
Secretary Ross made a comment, “There was not a single hint of a protester anywhere during the whole time we were there. Not one guy with a bad placard.”
The host tried to explain why no one would openly protest in a nation where corporal punishment often results in disfigurement or even death. Secretary Ross, however, did not get the message.
“In theory that could be true,” Ross replied. “But there was not a single sign that there was any effort at incursion, there wasn’t anything.”
Watch Secretary Ross represent the Trump administration: