Speaking of shrivelled, LaPierre’s reputation as a manly-man running a ‘fraid o’ nuthin’ organization was shot full of holes last week when the NewYorker revealed a video made in 2013 of LaPierre and his wife on safari in Botswana.
Its 10 cringeworthy minutes are worth watching, if only to see a belief-system, a race, a nation and a man all flicker before your very eyes. If ever the phrase The Ugly American applied, it’s here.
I covered my gaze, not just having to watch the slaughter of an African Bush Elephant (now endangered), nor just because of LaPierre’s laughable marksmanship, but because of how his friends and trackers worked so hard to convince him he really was a big game hunter.
A guide spots an elephant standing behind a tree. He tells LaPierre repeatedly to wait before firing. LaPierre fires anyway. The elephant drops. But the animal is still breathing. Let’s pick up the New Yorker’s report there:
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