Incoming Biden deputy chief of staff says she shouldn't have referred to lawmakers as 'f---ers'

Incoming Biden deputy chief of staff says she shouldn't have referred to lawmakers as 'f---ers'
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Jen O’Malley Dillon, President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE’s deputy chief of staff, expressed regret Thursday for using profanity to describe congressional Republicans in an earlier interview, according to Politico.

O’Malley Dillon, speaking virtually with Democratic operatives Teddy Goff and Stephanie Cutter, said she “used some words that I probably could have chosen better” after she described the congressional GOP as “a bunch of f---ers” in an interview with Glamour.

O’Malley Dillon also defended the context of her remarks, saying that she had intended to make the “incredibly important point” that Biden believes “we can get things done, and we can get them done if we come together.”

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She used the phrase specifically in reference to Biden repeatedly claiming during the Democratic primaries that he would be able to work with congressional Republicans as president. “I’m not saying they’re not a bunch of f---ers. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP should grab the chance to upend Pelosi's plan on reconciliation We don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble MORE is terrible,” O’Malley Dillon told Glamour. But this sense that you couldn’t wish for that, you couldn’t wish for this bipartisan ideal? He rejected that.”

The comments sparked vocal pushback from Republicans such as Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio Democrats face bleak outlook in Florida The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit MORE (R-Fla.). A Biden donor told Axios the comments were “beyond the pale” and “plain stupid” and undercut Biden’s calls for restoration of civility.

However, some Democrats have defended O’Malley Dillion and said the focus should be on her broader point.

O’Malley Dillon “would be the first to tell you her mom doesn’t approve of the spicy language,” incoming White House Communications Director Kate BedingfieldKate BedingfieldBiden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions The Memo: Economy's speed-bumps could worsen Biden's troubles White House pitches House Democrats on messaging for .5T spending plan MORE tweeted Wednesday, but she added “I would be the first to tell you that the point she was making … is spot on: unity and healing are possible — and we can get things done.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE accused O’Malley Dillon’s critics of insincerity, tweeting Thursday “People who stood by Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE 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.”