Biden spokeswoman defends incoming deputy chief of staff's 'spicy language' in Glamour interview

Incoming White House Communications Director Kate BedingfieldKate BedingfieldWe knew media would coddle Biden — here's why it's much worse Strong words but weak response when a Biden aide breaks the rules White House press aide suspended for threatening Politico reporter MORE on Wednesday took to Twitter to defend President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming deputy chief of staff, Jen O’Malley Dillon, after she called GOP lawmakers “a bunch of f---ers” in a recent interview with Glamour. 

So @jomalleydillon would be the first to tell you her mom doesn’t approve of the spicy language,” Bedingfield wrote, “but I would be the first to tell you that the point she was making in this conversation with @GlennonDoyle is spot on: unity and healing are possible — and we can get things done.” 


During an interview with Glamour published Tuesday, O'Malley Dillon defended Biden from criticism within his own party over his insistence that Republicans would warm to the idea of working with him. 

“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 McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE is terrible. But this sense that you couldn’t wish for that, you couldn’t wish for this bipartisan ideal? He rejected that," she told bestselling author Glennon Doyle. 

O'Malley Dillon continued, saying that the former vice president, “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.” 


“Which is not to say it is easy. It is like a relationship. You can’t do politics alone. If the other person is not willing to do the work, then that becomes really hard,” O’Malley Dillon continued in the interview. “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.”

Axios reported Wednesday afternoon that some advisers close to Biden were frustrated over the Glamour interview. 

“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 Axios. 

The news outlet also reported that some donors want O’Malley Dillon to apologize to both Biden and congressional Republicans. 

However, one Biden official told Axios that while O’Malley Dillon could “have used a different adjective,” the 2020 Biden campaign manager is “real, she is authentic, she says it how it is.” 


O'Malley Dillon did not respond to a request for comment from Axios, and she has yet to publicly address her remarks since the interview. 

Others also came to O’Malley Dillon’s defense Wednesday, including Brian Fallon, executive director for Demand Justice and national press secretary for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Pelosi top fundraiser moves to House Democratic super PAC Mean tweets may take down Biden nominee MORE’s 2016 presidential campaign. 

“Seems like after leading a winning campaign, Jen O'Malley DillonJen O'Malley DillonHillary Clinton slams Trump supporters 'claiming to be offended' by Biden staffer cursing Biden spokeswoman defends incoming deputy chief of staff's 'spicy language' in Glamour interview Biden campaign manager calls GOP lawmakers 'a bunch of f---ers' MORE is entitled to speak her mind without donors telling her to apologize,” Fallon tweeted. “Republicans are going to wheel out their fainting couches and invent grievances constantly the next four years. It is better not be indulge it.”

During the primary and general elections, Biden argued that his decades in the Senate and long-standing relationships with some GOP lawmakers would allow him to productively work with Republicans as president. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for the first time on Tuesday recognized Biden’s victory over President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE after the Electoral College certified the election results in all 50 states.

Biden said he called McConnell to thank him for recognizing his victory and said that they had a “good conversation.”