Los Angeles Psychologist Claims Credit for Horse Manure Delivered to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin

Robert Strong, an employee of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, took responsibility for the Christmas Eve stunt via social media.

Published Dec. 26, 2017

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A clinical psychologist who works at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health has claimed responsibility for dropping off a gift-wrapped box of horse manure near the home of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Christmas Eve.

The stunt resulted in the Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad being called to Mnuchin's home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. The U.S. Secret Service has confirmed interviewing an individual in connection with the incident but did not divulge the person's identity. Mnuchin has not commented.

Robert "Robby" Strong (identified as "Dr. Robert" of Eagle Rock, Los Angeles on his Twitter profile) tweeted a photo of himself preparing the box for delivery:

He also tweeted a photo of a "Merry Catsmess" card he included with the box:

The card reads:

Mrs. Mnuchin & Trump,

We're returning the "gift" of the Christmas tax bill. It's bullshit.

Warmest Wishes,
The American People

P.S. Kiss Donald for me.

In an interview with Los Angeles radio station KPCC, Strong said his aim was to send a political message to the Trump administration, namely that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act soon to be signed into law by President Trump amounts to "brazenly ripping off the American people":

"What I did, I would like to compare to what Jesus did when he went into the temple and overturned the tables of the moneychangers, who were exploiting the people financially in the name of religion. I feel like that's what the GOP has done to the American people," he told KPCC. reported that Strong provided "convincing evidence" that he was behind the stunt and elaborated on his motives:

He defended his decision to drop the box of manure - which he says he got from a horse-owning friend — off at Mnuchin's house as a "prank" aimed at raising the awareness of Americans about the idea that "Republicans have done nothing for the American worker" and other political topics.  

"The thing I live by is a rule of transparency and I was exercising my First Amendment rights," Strong told "A few years ago when [a Supreme Court ruling] said that corporations are persons and money equals free speech, that is so absurd and my rule of thumb is now that if corporations are free speech, then so is horses***t."

He told KPCC he is aware the gesture could imperil his job with the Dept. of Mental Health, who confirmed to us that a Robert Strong is employed by them but had no further comment.

For the time being, at least, he still has a job. We reached out to Strong via his L.A. County e-mail address and he told us that his boss is "very supportive" and the public response to his poo prank has been generally, though not entirely, positive:

I’ve gotten lots of support, people offering me jobs if I get fired, etc., people sharing that they experienced a vicarious catharsis in my act — which is part of the reason I did it. I am not a big fan of the death threats, though. Shit’s getting just a little too real right now.


Shatkin, Elina.  "Secret Service Questions Man Who Sent Horse Manure to Treasury Secretary."   KPCC.  25 December 2017.

Sheets, Connor.  "Man Who Left Manure at Treasury Secretary Mnuchin's House Comes Forward, Speaks Out."  25 December 2017.

David Emery is a West Coast-based writer and editor with 25 years of experience fact-checking rumors, hoaxes, and contemporary legends.

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