Neera Tanden, President-elect Joe Biden, the candidate for Office, Management and Budget, rejected Michelle Obama’s slogan in 2017: “if they go low, we go high,” tweeting that “getting high doesn’t work, the king doesn’t it works. “
Tanden, CEO of the U.S. Center for Progress and a prolific Twitter user, deleted more than 1,000 tweets, according to the New York Post, including many people who sharply criticized the same Republican senators they might have to vote for. confirmation. A tweet that rejects a Michelle Obama quote is one of those tweets that is no longer on her timeline – but saved in the “Wayback Machine” web archive.
“One important lesson is that when they get low, getting high doesn’t work **,” Tanden said.
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Michelle Obama coined the term during the 2016 presidential campaign in response to personal insults from then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, the media and many others.
The re-emergence of the Tanden tweet also occurs when Biden – who would be Tanden’s boss if confirmed by the Senate – seeks unity in the wake of the election victory.
“I promise to be a president who strives not to split but to unite,” Biden said in his victory speech in del Wilmington. “He who does not see the red and blue states sees only the United States.”
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“I understand tonight’s disappointment,” Biden said in a comment to Trump’s supporters. “But now let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to get rid of harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature … For development, we need to stop hostile treatment of opponents. They’re not our enemies, they’re Americans.”
Tanden was the most controversial of Biden’s selections to date, with critiques of the right and even the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Tanden also investigated that he allegedly hit a journalist once after asking Clinton a hard question during an interview, although according to the New York Times, she said she “pushed” the journalist and not “cheated.”
Biden’s presidential transition organization did not respond immediately to the request for comment.
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However, other Democrats praised Tanden as a good decision for the incoming Biden administration. These include Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, Barbara Lee, D-California, and Stacey Abrams, a former Georgian candidate for governor.
“It’s such a great choice to lead OMB,” Lee tweeted on Monday. “@NeeraTanden brings the experience and humanity urgently needed in this situation. Congratulations!”
“I agree,” Warren wrote, linking Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-Ohio) tweet, in which he called Tandent “smart, experienced and skilled,” OMB director.
Fox News Megan Henny contributed to the report.