Psychologist Robby Strong, who claims to be behind the prank, hopes his frat boy antics will inspire activism.
Photo via Robby Strong's Facebook
A man who has claimed responsibility for delivering a box of horse manure to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has been interviewed by the Secret Service, according to the Associated Press.
Although the suspect hasn't been named, it seems likely that Secret Service members spoke to an LA psychologist named Robby Strong. On Christmas Eve, Strong spoke with AL.com and presented what the news outlet called a "convincing argument" that he was the one who had delivered a wrapped box of shit to Mnuchin's Bel Air home the day before, and had marked it as being from "the American People."
AL.com apparently tracked down Strong because he had posted photos of himself with a gift-wrapped box of manure and a message that said he needed someone to help him document his "Secret Santa project." He later posted a photo of the box sitting outside the gates of Mnuchin's mansion.
On Saturday, a neighbor called the police, which caused the LAPD bomb squad to respond to the package. According to the New York Daily News, the cops found what they described as a "pretty good quantity" of horse manure instead of an explosive. It's unclear what law Strong may have broken—he said he even drove the waste material to Bel Air to avoid violating a rule against sending hazardous items in the mail.
"I was hoping to meet [Mnuchin.]" he told Al.com. "I wanted to ring the door and hand it to him myself."
Strong claims that he was merely exercising his First Amendment rights, and that the Secret Service didn't arrest him when they showed up at his door on Sunday night. He described the prank to AL.com as frat boy antics, but also suggested that he'd like to see people commit similar—and equally benign—acts of vandalism against Republicans.
"Is there a law that you can't drop off a box of poo? Not really," he told AL.com.
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