(LEX 18) — A man with a Kentucky connection is claiming responsibility for the gift-wrapped box of horse manure left on the doorstep of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's home in Los Angeles.
It appears that Robby Strong, a Paducah-native, is the man behind the act he called a political "prank" that was first reported by AL.com.
"You're only powerless if you do nothing," Strong told LEX 18 in in a phone interview. "If a normal, everyday guy can take a box of poop and stir up the nation, golly, so much could still be done."
Strong has taken responsibility for the gift-wrapped box of horse manure left on Mnuchin's doorstep, which touched off a brief situation when police responded to a suspicious package. Strong said his move was spurred by the actions of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, among others.
"A lot of my personal motivation is the complete dumbfoundedness that I've had, that the wonderful, loving people that have raised me could be deceived by charlatans like Trump and Pence," he said, "and it just saddens me on a deeply personal level."
Strong now lives in Los Angeles, working as a psychologist. He said that the "act of theater" was inspired by his frustration with the current administration, and also by his son.
"You know when you're 7-years-old, you write lots of stories about poop monsters and stuff like that, and so I just kind of got the idea from him," he said.
Strong said he took the family minivan out on Saturday and dropped off the package.
As for any consideration for Mnuchin and his family, Strong had this response: "They should be afraid! This is a man who made countless people homeless while running an exploitative bank."
While he said he will not get violent, he says this is not the end.
"I'm gonna do more in future, and I feel like we need to get radical," Strong said. "These are strange and radical times."
Strong was interviewed by the Secret Service on Sunday but has not been arrested. He told LEX 18 that as far as he can tell, there is no law against dropping wrapped feces off in front of someone's home.
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