Mainstream media trolls vaping because Trump staffers do it
Trump and vaping have at least one thing in common. Mainstream media seems to find them both reprehensible and disturbing.
Love him or hate him, Trump is a very polarizing figure. When a news story broke this week that employees of the Presidential Personnel Office (PPO) have consistently been holding office parties on taxpayer dollars that include beer, vaping, and a drinking game called “icing,” the vaping industry took another hit to its reputation.
The PPO only has about 30 employees, but a couple of them are reported to have somewhat spotty backgrounds. One is a college dropout who has been arrested for passing bad checks and for drunk driving. Another is a reservist in the Marine Corps with a history of disorderly conduct, assault, underage drinking, and fleeing an officer.
According to the Washington Post (WAPO), the PPO staff are young, inexperienced, and outright partiers. WAPO reports that in January 2018, several employees were allegedly celebrating the deputy director’s 30th birthday when things got a little bit rowdy. During the event, someone purportedly hid a bottle of the flavored malt liquor Smirnoff Ice. The rules of the icing game dictate that whoever finds the bottle has to chug it.
Guess who found it. The just-turned-thirty deputy director.
Unfortunately, many PPO staffers are apparently also avid vapers. WAPO reports the following.
“Even as the demands to fill government mounted, the PPO offices on the first floor of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building became something of a social hub, where young staffers from throughout the administration stopped by to hang out on couches and smoke electronic cigarettes, known as vaping, current and former White House officials said.”
The implied negativity towards vaping by The Washington Post article is apparent to all who read or hear about the controversial story. Trump is not a very popular politician in many parts of the country. That’s fine. Everyone has the right to his or her opinion. But demonizing vaping just because Trump staffers do it? That’s a curveball that many vapers never saw coming.