Malaka Of The Week: Peter Navarro

Peter Navarro is a well-educated political chameleon who turned MAGA red in 2016. Like Trump, he loves the sound of his own voice and doesn’t understand the first rule of holes: when you’re in one, stop digging. And that is why Peter Navarro is malaka of the week.

For a man who likes to rail about elites, Navarro has an impressive CV: a PHD in economics from Harvard and more than twenty years as a professor in the University of California system.

Navarro was a perennial candidate in San Diego as both an Independent and Democrat. He even won a Democratic primary for Congress in 1996 before losing in the general election. He ran as an environmental activist.  He’s now an active neo-fascist.

That’s not the resume of a barking mad Trumper and close ally of Steve Bannon but that’s who Peter Navarro is today. The Impeached Insult Comedian always brings out the worst in people and that’s what happened with this week’s “honoree” who went from Dr. Navarro to Dr. Malaka.

Navarro’s propensity to shoot off his mouth has landed him in trouble. He’s convinced himself that it’s okay to defy subpoenas from Congress and the Department of Justice. He’s been found in contempt by the former and refuses to comply with the latter’s demand that he testify.

Navarro is the first former Trump White House official to be called to testify before a criminal grand jury. He maintains that he has executive privilege and is above the law. He’s suing everyone in sight to win his malakatudinous points. Litigation is for losers, especially when you act pro se.

I turned on MSNBC yesterday and there was Dr. Malaka on The Beat with Ari Melber. Initially I assumed it was a clip from a months old interview, but it was live. Navarro wanted to talk and talk and talk about his case, his coup plotting exploits, and threats against Dr. Fauci, President Biden, and Speaker Pelosi. I am not making this up.

I’m not sure what attraction The Beat has for Navarro. Ari Melber is a skilled questioner with a law degree from Cornell. Trumpers usually prefer softball interviews. Ari plays hardball but he’s no Tweety. He’s also no Sonny Bono:

Here’s the whole interview in which Navarro comes off as a blithering idiot with anger management issues.

Dr. Malaka is not an idiot, he just plays one on teevee much like Gret Stet Senator John Neely Kennedy.

Ari Melber cut to the chase with this question:

Ari Melber: “You’re waging this legal battle not to talk to the committee, not to talk potentially to DOJ, although as you said, TBD. So you’re risking going potentially to jail not to talk to them, but you’re out here talking in public. You do realize these investigators can hear you when you talk on TV?”

Dr. Malaka: “What we’re talking about now, Ari, is the case law itself and the constitutionality of executive privilege, testimony, immunity. A second key issue in the case is the separation of powers, This kangaroo committee has clearly violated the separation of powers. They’re not supposed to act as judge, jury, and executioner. They’re only supposed to pursue a legislative function.”

Investigations *are* a legislative power, Dr. Malaka. This sort of argument is called sophistry, a word unknown to the Kaiser of Chaos but known to Harvard PHDs.

People like Peter Navarro, John Eastman, and Steve Bannon are infinitely more dangerous than most of the clowns Trump surrounds himself with. Bannon is a veteran neo-fascist, but Navarro and Eastman have been warped by proximity to power. Those three drove the plot to coerce Mike Pence into overturing the election results. Pence desperately wanted to please his boss but couldn’t get there. That’s all the credit the weak and pompous former Veep deserves.

Here’s hoping that Dr. Malaka will talk his way into prison. I’ve never trusted political chameleons and he’s as bad as they come. He’s a dangerous man but, mercifully, he’s incapable of shutting up. And that is why Peter Navarro is malaka of the week.

The last word goes to Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters:

UPDATE: Dr. Malaka has been indicted for contempt of Congress and taken into custody. That’s what happens when you can’t STFU.