Joe Biden’s top campaign aide and incoming White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Jen O’Malley Dillon, insulted Republicans during a sit-down with a glossy women’s magazine.
In an interview with Glamour, Dillon defended her boss for pushing bipartisanship.
“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,” she said.
According to Dillon, her boss won the general election by appealing to the public’s sense of unity.
“From the 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 said.
Jen O’Malley Dillon previously served as Barack Obama’s deputy campaign manager in 2012 and battleground states director in 2008. She didn’t join his administration, but worked for the DNC instead. She later opened up her own consulting shop with other Obama alumni, including Stephanie Cutter and Teddy Goff.
Her father was sick with cancer when she accepted the job with Biden in April, after serving in the same role for former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke before he dropped out of contention. She opened up about juggling all her responsibilities.
“When you have a meeting somebody wants to schedule, so many women are like, ‘Well, I don’t want to tell them I can’t make it because I have a school thing or my kid is sick, because that’s not professional,'” she said.
She continued, “F— that. Why shouldn’t I say, ‘Actually, you can’t talk to me from 6:30 until 8:00 unless it’s an emergency, even on a presidential campaign during a pandemic, because that is the only time I have with my kids. And that is more important.'”