On Thursday, Martin Shkreli, the pharma bro who jacked up the price of a potentially life-saving drug percent, testified before the Congressional House Oversight Committee.
Before doing so Shkreli boasted “I would love to talk to Congress. I would berate them. I would insult them.” Shkreli got his change and totally clammed up.
For each question, other than how to pronounce his name, he pleaded the fifth. He wouldn’t even answer a question about his purchasing the only copy of the infamous Wu Tang Clan album.
Chairman Jason Chafettz and fellow Republican Trey Gowdy usually have little agreement with the leading Democrat on the committee, Elijah Cummings, but they all seemed to share a distaste for the most hated man in America as he smirked at them.
And smirked away he did. Cummings pleaded with him to “to use any remaining influence you have over your former company to press them to lower the prices of these drugs.” Shkreli continued to smirk, looking away, as if he couldn’t care less about scalping the terminally ill. And he doesn’t.
This guy might possibly make Ted Cruz appear cuddly. OK. He’s not that slimy, but close.
Shkreli is under investigation for securities fraud unrelated to the price-gouging. Maybe in the future he’ll face karma, whether he decides to talk or not.
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