Republican "F**kers", Biden's Chief of Staff Says In Conversation On Unity

Jen O'Malley Dillon, who served as President-elect Joe Biden's campaign manager and is slated to serve as his deputy chief of staff in the White House, referred to Republicans as "f--kers" in a conversation about working across the political aisle.

In an interview with Glamour, O'Malley Dillon said Biden was able to connect with voters through his willingness to work with GOP leaders.

"The president-elect was able to connect with people over this sense of unity," she said. "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--kers," she continued. "Mitch McConnell is terrible. But this sense that you couldn't wish for that, you couldn't wish for this bipartisan ideal? [Biden] 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."

On Tuesday, McConnell acknowledged Biden's win for the first time since the election.

Biden called the Senate Majority Leader to thank him, saying "I told him that while we disagree on a lot of things there are things we can work together on. We agreed to get together sooner than later. And I'm looking forward to working with him."

Biden Team
U.S President-elect Joe Biden speaks to the media at the Queen Theater after receiving a briefing from the transition COVID-19 advisory board on November 09, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden's chief of staff Jen O'Malley Dillon referred to Republicans as "f--kers" in an interview about uniting politicians. Joe Raedle/Getty

After Biden is sworn in, O'Malley Dillon will serve in her first White House role after working in presidential politics for two decades. She previously worked as the campaign manager for former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke's 2020 presidential campaign.

She said while it's not easy to find a compromise, "this overhang of this negative, polarized electorate that politics has created is the thing that I think [the Biden administration] can break down."

O'Malley Dillon said working in politics isn't "just a one-sided thing" and that politicians need to be "open to listening."

Since the November election, progressives and centrist Democrats have clashed over which direction to take the Democratic Party, with progressives pushing for policies like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, which moderates have rebuffed while trying to work alongside congressional Republicans.

"Like Joe Biden says all the time, 'Great leadership starts with listening'," she said in the interview published Tuesday. "It's challenging for us to do that right now, because of how polarized we are. But politics breaks down to one-on-one conversations and not being afraid to talk."

"I also think, as in love, compromise is a good thing," she added. "The atmosphere in the world now is like, 'Oh, if you compromise, you don't believe in something." No, it's: I believe in it so much that I'm going to work to find a path we can both go down together. That feels to me like the heart of relationships and love and success across the board."

She said people need to be willing to have conversations about politics in order to unify the country.

"I get that you're not supposed to talk politics at the holiday dinner. Well, f--k that. It's because we don't do that that we are in this situation now," O'Malley Dillon said.

Newsweek reached out to Biden's transition team for comment but did not hear back before publication.