Dana Watch: Doggone Dana

Illustration by Bob Aul

Softball question to a sitting member of the House of Representatives from a Voice of America (VOA) China interviewer:

“So Chinese New Year is just around the corner; is there any message you want to say to our audience in China?”

Answer from Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-Putin’s Concubine):

“Well, let me just note . . . uh . . . this is coming into the Year of the Dog. Now, there are people in the United States that don’t like that Chinese people eat dog. And I want them, Chinese people, to know that we eat bunnies over here, and we eat all kinds of little animals. I don’t blame them for eating dog; if that’s what tastes good, that’s what tastes good.”

Go right now to YouTube to see the oh-no-he-di’nt look on the interviewer’s face.

As you were saying, congressman . . .

“We should make sure that we reach out to the Chinese people so they understand us and we understand them. And we don’t attack their ways; they don’t attack our ways. But, in fact, I believe that the Chinese people are America’s and the world’s greatest ally in seeking a peaceful world because they don’t want to live under tyranny and they want to live prosperous lives where we can economically interact so everyone’s better, everyone’s lifted up. So let them know in China that many people like myself think of them. We don’t like their government, and we think that the Chinese government is a real threat to the future peace in the world. But the Chinese people, we can all be friends and look together for a much better world in the years ahead.”

Rohrabacher sat down for the interview with the U.S.-government-funded broadcasting service in February, but the media only began posting the video on Sept. 12. Ironically, that was the same day the House voted unanimously to ban the eating of cats and dogs.

In other Dana Says the Darnedest Things news, Rohrabacher got into a fiery back-and-forth with a FOX News anchor a couple of weeks ago. Neil Cavuto’s basic point was that if Donald Trump has a problem with Jeff Sessions, the president should “fire his ass.”

Rohrabacher responded that the “fake news” prevents Trump from firing Sessions because it would feed a false narrative that the then-presidential candidate tried to cover up his payment to Stormy Daniels. “The villain” the media should be focusing on, Rohrabacher maintained, “is the person blackmailing him.”

“These comments are outrageous and false,” Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti told the Los Angeles Times. “Who is this disgusting pig who knows nothing about the facts of our case?”

Got Dana Watch fodder? Email mcoker@ocweekly.com.

Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.

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