Biden’s campaign manager returns calling Mitch McConnell ‘terrible’ – and Republicans something much worse
President-elect Joe Biden’s new deputy chief of staff was frank in an interview for Glamor magazine – and it sparked so much reaction among Republicans that she backed down on his comments.
I can’t imagine why some people got mad:
“‘In primary school, people laughed [Biden], like, “Do you think you can work with Republicans?” I’m not saying they’re not a bunch of irons. Mitch McConnell is horrible.“
It’s Jen O’Malley Dillon, campaign manager for Biden, speaking with author and “Untamed” activist Glennon Doyle in a hit interview this week. The women were discussing how O’Malley Dillon has run a presidential campaign in an unprecedented year while raising children, and the compromises a person must make to balance work and family life. This has led to discussing the art of political compromise and whether Democrats and Republicans will be able to work together after such a bitter and confrontational election.
“The atmosphere in the world now is like, ‘Oh, if you compromise you don’t believe in something,” O’Malley Dillon said. “No, it’s: I believe in it so much that I’m going to work to find a path that we can both walk together.”
And that led to his colorful comments about compromising with Republicans, which raised eyebrows and led even the harshest critics to accuse him of lacking class and professionalism. “Do you want real unity and bipartisanship? ” tweeted a reader, adding: “you are the deputy chief of staff in post, but already degrading the opposition”.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio also called out O’Malley Dillon for undermining Biden’s call for unity and healing. “But do you want to know what they are really thinking? ” he added. “Read how the person he wants as WH’s next deputy chief of staff called Republicans in Congress a bunch of nuts.” His response got him trending on Twitter until Thursday morning.
Of course, those who oppose the Republican Party and the Trump administration have called O’Malley Dillon a hero. Many also praised her outspoken speech about accepting her role as a working mother.
Always, Axios reported that some Biden donors wanted O’Malley Dillon to apologize, especially since Biden had vowed to “heal” the country after the Electoral College confirmed his victory on Monday. “For those of us who, from day one, bought into Biden’s calls for civility and a return to normalcy, it’s not just beyond pallor – it’s just plain stupid.” , a person described as a donor has reportedly told Axios.
In response, Biden’s communications director Kate Bedingfield tweeted Wednesday that O’Malley Dillon “would be the first to tell you that her mother doesn’t approve of spicy language,” but that “the point she was making arguing… unity and healing are possible – and we can make it happen.
And O’Malley Dillon admitted Thursday to veteran Democratic agents Stephanie Cutter and Teddy Goff that she “used words that I probably could have chosen better.” Politico reported. She explained during the virtual chat that she had tried to make “an extremely important point” about how Biden thinks “we can get things done, and we can do them if we get together.”
Indeed, it’s worth noting that O’Malley Dillon’s full quote expressed optimism about the new administration’s ability to reach the other side of the aisle and work with Republicans. Here it is in its entirety: “The President-elect was able to connect with people on this feeling of unity. In elementary school people would laugh at him like, “Do you think you can work with Republicans? I’m not saying they’re not a bunch of irons. Mitch McConnell is horrible. But what sense you couldn’t wish for that, you couldn’t wish for this bipartisan ideal? He rejected it. From start to finish he left with this idea that unity was possible, that together we are stronger, that we as a country need healing, and our politics need it too.
She admitted it won’t be easy. “You can’t do politics alone. If the other person is not willing to do the job, then it becomes really difficult, ”she continued. “But I think, more than not, people want to see an impact. They want to see us move forward on the track. … And this overhang of this negative, polarized electorate that politics have created is the thing I think we can break. ”
O’Malley Dillon is a political strategist and has worked on presidential campaigns for 20 years, including President Barack Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012 and Beto O’Rourke’s 2020 presidential run. She is the first woman to run a campaign successful Democratic presidential election, as well as the first woman to lead a campaign that won against an incumbent president.
This article was originally published on December 16 and has been updated with O’Malley Dillon reflecting on his remarks.