Alas, We Cannot Adopt Warren G. Harding’s Remedy for Corrupt Subordinates

According to David Farenthold of the Washington Post, corruption in the Veterans’ Administration began with the Warren Harding administration.  In 1921, Harding nominated a poker buddy, Charles Forbes, as head the VA. Forbes created a scandal that tainted Harding.  Harding responded with vigor:

In 1923, a White House visitor opened the wrong door and found Harding choking Forbes with his bare hands.

“You yellow rat! You double-crossing bastard!” Harding was saying, according to historians. When he noticed the visitor, he let go of Forbes’s neck.

From Richard Fernandez’s Belmont Club


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