There’s really nothing special about this tweet from a woman named Kathleen Landerkin. I have friends and relatives who might tweet the same sentiments, if they were, you know, vulgar, uncivil clods. They aren’t, fortunately: I don’t consort with vulgar, uncivil clods. However, the tweet above is significant, because Ms. Landerkin is the current Correctional Training Facility (CTF) Deputy Warden at the Department of Corrections in the District of Columbia, and thus assists in overseeing day to day operations, inmate transportation, and case management at the D.C. Jail. The D.C. Jail is where Donald Trump supporting participants in the January 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol are being kept.
Landerkin has been wildly vocal abut her hatred of al things related to Donald Trump, especially his supporters, and has been tweeting rants and nasty messages about those she creatively calls “deplorables” for years. One of the more provocative comments was this one, from 2018:
Why should anyone care? Well, she has power over the January 6 inmates, and this degree of hostility, which could be fairly called demented, calls into legitimate question her ability to do her job fairly. Or does it? Literally dozens of over-heated tweets were uncovered by an enterprising social media sleuth, so Landerkin took down her account…but not before he reduced them to a video.
Your Ethics Alarms Ethics Quiz of the Day is, to the tune of “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” (I just re-watched “The Sound of Music,” which Steven Spielberg is considering as his next musical triumph—I’m joshing—and as usual, the damn song kept me awake all night):
How do you solve a problem like Landerkin?
What do you do when jailers won’t shut up?
How can you fix a person like Landerkin?
Whose brains are so lacking they wouldn’t fill a cup?
Many a thing you know you’d like to tell her
Many a thing she ought to understand
But considering what she tweets
Including what she deletes
What’s going to work but cutting off her hand?
Oh, how do you solve a problem like Landerkin?
Is there a choice but making sure she’s canned?
I really wanted to do the whole song—I have some great rhymes for “Landerkin”—but it would be self-indulgent.
I promise I’ll curb the song parodies after the holidays.