In an interview to HotNews on Monday, presidential aide Sebastian Lazaroiu described popular TV host Mircea Badea, who is widely regarded as an uncomfortable, outspoken critic of the current rule and of the political class in general, as a “sad clown,” drawing a harsh rebuke from the host. When asked why he didn’t file a complaint against Badea for “insults and mean innuendoes,” Lazaroiu replied: “One cannot be upset with a clown. Mircea Badea thinks that if (Conservative Party founder Dan) Voiculescu has not yet made him wear a red plastic nose, people think he is more than a clown. No, they do not.” Voiculescu’s family owns the Intact media group, which includes the Antena 3 TV channel that hosts Badea’s press review shows every evening. In reply, Badea said that he accepted Lazaroiu’s characterisation, underlining that he is indeed a “sad clown, like all clowns are,” but adding that he is a “clown on his own money,” as opposed to the presidential aide, who is a clown on tax-payers’ money.