Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Biden’s former campaign manager who will become his deputy chief of staff if he is elected, insulted Republicans after claiming Biden wants to bring unity back to the country.
“In the primary, people would mock him, like, ‘You think you can work with Republicans?’” Dillon said.
“I’m not saying they’re not a bunch of f***ers,” she continued. “Mitch McConnell is terrible. But this sense that you couldn’t wish for that, you couldn’t wish for this bipartisan ideal? He rejected that. From start to finish, he set out with this idea that unity was possible, that together we are stronger, that we, as a country, need healing, and our politics needs that too.”
Republicans pointed out how hypocritical and condescending Dillon’s comments were, but Democrats claimed they have no right to be offended.
Elected GOP officials didn’t express offense, but merely pointed out Dillon’s hypocrisy.
Responding to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said:
.@marcorubio you stood by in total silence when your GOP colleague called a Congresswoman a “f— b—“ on the Capitol steps in front of press.
You weren’t big enough to speak then, & you don’t get to sob now.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 17, 2020
Failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also chimed in:
People who stood by Donald Trump for the last four years are now claiming to be offended that a Democratic campaign manager used a curse word? I don’t think so.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 17, 2020
Several top Democratic donors, however, were reportedly upset with Dillon and urged Biden’s team to force her to apologize.
“For those of us who, from Day One, bought into Biden’s calls for civility and a return to normalcy, this isn’t just beyond the pale—it’s plain stupid,” said one Biden donor.
Dillon did issue a response on Thursday, but it was not an apology.
“I used some words that I probably could have chosen better,” she told Politico. “But the point that I was really making is an incredibly important point. And that really is about the president-elect and why he was supported by over 81 million people, and what they were looking for.”