Nicolle Wallace Had the Perfect Response After Biden Official Called Republicans 'F***ers' in an Interview
This week, Glamour Magazine published a lengthy profile on President-elect Joe Biden's campaign manager and soon-to-be White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jen O'Malley Dillon.
The piece focused on her challenges navigating the seismic shifts in the 2020 campaign while raising three children during a pandemic and national upheaval.
In one portion of the piece, O'Malley Dillon discusses the challenges ahead in working with Republicans who went all-in for Biden's opponent, outgoing President Donald Trump. Biden has frequently assured the public that his experience in Washington gives him the necessary tools to reach across the aisle.
O'Malley Dillon said:
"In the primary, people would mock [Biden], 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."
Republicans immediately pounced on Dillon's comments, with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) insisting her words reflect what Democrats "really think" of Republicans and Axios reporting that even Biden staffers were unsettled by the statement
But MSNBC host and former Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace pushed back against the outrage by reminding Republicans who they've spent the last four years defending.
Wallace refreshed their memory on some of Trump's basest remarks, after which Republicans continued to wholeheartedly support them.
Trump infamously bragged about committing sexual assault on a hot mic during a 2005 appearance on Access Hollywood, which leaked in the final weeks of the 2016 campaign. Trump called NFL players who kneeled to protest racism "sons of bitches" and disparaged countries like Haiti as "S***hole countries."
People agreed with Wallace that the Republicans were displaying faux outrage.
One party is ACTIVELY SUPPORTING A COUP, including encouraging their armed base to commit domestic terrorism & @axios is like "well, someone in Biden's camp said a bad word about those [seditious] Republicans."
— Geoff (wear a mask!) Nesnow (@DonotInnovate) December 17, 2020
Righteous Fire Spitting Nicolle is the best Nicolle, though GSW Loving Nicolle is pretty close 😛
— Saving The Dogs (@Saving_TheDogs) December 17, 2020
Can the church all say amen, Nicole! The thing I enjoy so much about you as a journalist is you cut through the rhetoric and just lay the straight truth in the table. Thank you.
— The Drama Club STL (@HMilkSpirit) December 17, 2020
The hypocrisy is real.
— Alison Berkowitz (@aliberk65) December 17, 2020
Wallace wasn't the only one to decry the outrage as performative and hypocritical in a time of urgent national crisis.
There's a lot to get exercised about out there. This pearl clutching over what Jen O'Malley Dillon said about Republicans ain't it. Put me down as cosigning this piece right here. https://t.co/lSIoriK1Hv
— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@JoyAnnReid) December 17, 2020
-Over 300,000 Americans have died from COVID
-Millions have lots jobs
-Millions have slipped into poverty & unemployment benefits are set to expire
THIS DOES NOT MATTER 👇
Scoop: Jen O'Malley Dillon's "f*cker" quote under fire - Axios https://t.co/RjE84WWbeE
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) December 17, 2020
Here's what @jomalleydillon said:
1. Republicans have behaved horribly.
2. Nonetheless, Biden wants to try to work with them where possible in a spirit of compromise, and he seeks to foster a spirit of national unity.
Both points seem reasonable to me.https://t.co/AEpgOTV4mI
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) December 17, 2020
Jen O'Malley Dillon called Republicans the f word.
Can't wait until they hear what the families of 300,000 call them.
— Beau of The Fifth Column (@BeauTFC) December 17, 2020
While there's been much focus on whether or not Democrats will be able to work with Republicans after Biden's inauguration, there's been little discussion of whether Republicans are willing to work with Democrats after four years of scorched earth tactics helmed by Donald Trump.