When billionaire oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens announced this week that he supports Donald Trump’s proposition to ban Muslims from entering the United States, I was flabbergasted. Personal politics notwithstanding, who would have thought that a guy named T. Boone Pickens would be a racist?
“Cut them off so we can figure out how they are coming in,” said Pickens, who wasn’t even wearing a cowboy hat and firing pistols into the air as he spoke. “We’ve got plenty of people here. We’ve got a good economy and Muslims coming into the U.S. I don’t see that impacting the economy at all.”
This is a very unexpected position for T. Boone Pickens to take, as his name doesn’t even sound like that of an evil tycoon from a cartoon who’s here to steal Peepaw’s farm!
In a thousand years, I’d have never guessed that Pickens, the current CEO of BP Capital, would support sweeping, discriminatory Islamophobia — after all, it’s not like he or his company have anything to directly gain by supporting discrimination against Muslims. He didn’t even end his statement with a hearty “Yee-haw!”
How will T. Boone Pickens surprise us next?