(Headline USA) A senior White House adviser announced he is leaving the administration to work for the Democratic National Committee next month just one day after it was reported that he referred to the “Squad” as “f***ing idiots.”
Though he did not explain the reasons behind his departure, Richmond did note that he wants to “make sure that Democrats grow their majorities in the House and Senate” – an increasingly unlikely feat given the unpopularity of the Biden administration.
Earlier this week, New York Times reporters Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin revealed that Richmond, who previously served as a Democrat congressman from Louisiana, lashed out at leftist Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. He argued that the “Squad” was behind the attacks against him from the Sunrise Movement, a leftist environmental group.
Richmond is not the only member of the Biden White House who has tried to steer the president away from the “Squad.” Steve Ricchetti, counselor to the president, also allegedly blasted the leftists, and said that “the problem with the left is they don’t understand that they lost,” according to Burns and Martin.
A White House official said that the administration did not plan on engaging in “confirmation or denials” about the book’s specific claims.
“We respect that there will be no shortage of books written about the administration containing a wide variety of claims,” Deputy Press Secretary Chris Meagher said in a statement. “We don’t plan to engage in confirmations or denials when it comes to the specifics of those claims.”
Neither Ocasio-Cortez nor Tlaib have commented on the alleged remarks.