Joe Biden’s incoming deputy chief of staff and campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon called GOP lawmakers “a bunch of f—ers” and Mitch McConnell “terrible” in an interview with Glamour.
O’Malley Dillon was defending Joe Biden’s insistence that Republicans would work with him to pass legislation, despite the criticism he was receiving from the left.
“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.”
O’Malley Dillon acknowledged the difficulty of the prospect of working with McConnell.
You can’t do politics alone. If the other person is not willing to do the work, then that becomes really hard,” she said.
“But I think, more than not, people want to see impact. They want to see us moving in a path forward. They want to do their work, get paid a fair share, have time for themselves and their family, and see each other as neighbors. And this overhang of this negative, polarized electorate that politics has created is the thing that I think we can break down.”