Two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rushed to the defense of Joe Biden’s campaign manager and incoming deputy chief of staff Jennifer O’Malley Dillon after she called Republicans a “bunch of f—ers.”
“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,” Clinton tweeted.
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
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This came after O’Malley Dillon gave an interview to Glamour Magazine in which she called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (D-KY) “terrible” and referred to congressional Republicans as a “bunch of f—ers” while simultaneously praising President-elect Joe Biden’s call for unity.
“The president-elect was able to connect with people over this sense of unity,” O’Malley Dillon said. “In the primary, people would mock him, like, ‘You think you can work with Republicans?’ I’m not saying they’re not a bunch of f—ers. 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,” she added.
This quickly came back to bite O’Malley Dillon, however, when Biden’s own donors who had bought into his message of unity spoke out to blast her.
“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,” one Biden donor told Fox News.
“I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide but unify. Who doesn’t see red states and blue states, only sees the United States,” Biden had said after claiming victory on November 7.
Addressing supporters of Donald Trump, he added, “I understand the disappointment tonight. But now let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature… To make progress we have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies, they are Americans.”
Politico reported that O’Malley Dillon has since tried to backtrack, saying that she “used some words that I probably could have chosen better.”