Columnist brutally mocks Marco Rubio -- who has suddenly discovered a disdain for profanity
During a recent interview with Glamour Magazine, Jennifer O'Malley Dillon — President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for deputy White House chief of staff — uses profanity more than once. Dillon is hardly unique in that regard: President Donald Trump has a long history of using it. Regardless, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has been traumatized by Dillon's use of the words "fuck" and "fuckers" during that interview, which Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty finds laughable in light of all the offensive things that Trump has said.
Tumulty writes, "Could someone please find Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) a cold compress and a place where he might lie down for a few minutes? The senator, whom you might recall from the time he implied during a presidential campaign that Donald Trump has a small penis, is feeling distressed by something in the latest issue of Glamour Magazine — a publication I would not have expected to be on his regular reading list."
Here's what Dillon said that has triggered Rubio and inspired him to get in touch with his inner snowflake. The Biden campaign manager described far-right Republicans in Congress as "a bunch of fuckers," and Dillon used the words "fuck that" more than once during the interview. Rubio, in response, tweeted:
Biden talks about unity and healing, but you want to know what they really think? Read how the person he wants as… https://t.co/HT9VAnqpFl— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio) 1608167040.0
Tumulty calls out the total hypocrisy of Rubio and other Trump enablers in her column, pointing out they were willing to look the other way when Trump used profanity — only to take offense when Dillon did it.
The Post columnist explains, "Rubio was joined in his outrage by many other Republicans, who apparently are unaware that among the things that President Trump has achieved in his single term is bringing swearing into the mainstream. On just one day in 2019, this newspaper used the word 'bullshit" five times in quoting Trump's rants about his impeachment. Trump cusses liberally at his rallies, knowing it brings cheers from his devoted supporters. They see it as evidence of his toughness and willingness to call things the way he sees them."
Tumulty goes on to say that not only was Rubio being downright silly in his nitpicking — he also failed to note the context in which Dillon used the phrase "a bunch of fuckers" during the interview.
Dillon told Glamour, "The president-elect was able to connect with people over this sense of unity. 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 fuckers. 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."
Dillon added, "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. 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."
In other words, Dillon was praising Biden's desire to work with Republicans in Congress and get things done along bipartisan lines. Indeed, Biden worked with a lot of Republicans during his decades in the U.S. Senate, including the late Sen. John McCain — who he thought highly of. McCain's widow, Cindy McCain, was among the Republicans who endorsed Biden over Trump.
We can do hard things...and you just did! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! https://t.co/PgXegmJs33— Jen O'Malley Dillon (@Jen O'Malley Dillon) 1604768504.0
Tumulty writes, "Oh, the horror! At a moment when the country faces a set of crises unlike any we have seen in many generations, Biden and his team want to get things done. They also recognize that doing so will require some give-and-take, given today's political environment."
The columnist adds that Republicans have also been hyperventilating over another Biden nominee: Neera Tanden, who is in the running for director of the Office of Management and Budget.
"I can think of a few salty words that might apply here," Tumulty writes, "but the most apt description is 'hypocrisy.'"
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