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A controversial pick for Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s prospective administration has deleted more than 1,000 tweets ahead of being confirmed as budget director should the former vice president go on to be inaugurated in January.
Many of the tweets deleted by Neera Tanden, currently the CEO of the Center for American Progress, a left-wing think tank, were critical of Republican senators whose confirmation votes she’ll need to be appointed Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Washington Examiner reported.
Other tweets that now appear to have been deleted were critical of conservatives and some journalists.
Several tweets no longer appearing in her account include posts that were critical of Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, considered to be a centrist Republican who won reelection last month. She has voted at times with Democrats.
But Tanden, who has been characterized as Biden’s “worst” pick, did leave up a tweet in which she called Collins “pathetic” for her support of then-Supreme Court nominee and Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
“Tanden’s at times inflammatory tweets have created controversy and elicited responses from political figures on both sides of the aisle over the past few years,” the Washington Examiner noted. “Since 2009, when he joined Twitter, President Trump has tweeted 58,700 times. Since 2010, when she joined, Tanden has tweeted 88,600 times. Now, though, she has only 87,500 tweets remaining after the recent deletions.”
Tanden, a well-known and vocal critic of President Donald Trump, has also deleted tweets related to the widely debunked conspiracy theory that Russian hackers changed the results of the 2016 election, which even the Obama administration, including President Obama, said wasn’t feasible and did not occur.
That said, she also has a long history of being involved in left-wing politics.
She played a primary role in helping establish the Center for American Progress in 2003, which has since become one of the biggest and most prominent leftist think tanks in the nation’s capital. Since 2016, the CAP has been known in Washington political circles as the “central hub for Trump resistance,” as Tanden said herself following the president’s victor.
Tanden is also considered to be loyal to the Clintons, having worked in President Bill Clinton’s administration and having become a personal friend of Hillary Clinton. Tanden was also a top adviser on Hillary Clinton’s two failed Democratic presidential candidacies, in 2008 and 2016.
As for her deleted tweets, Tanden also appears to have removed one in which she opposed continued coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and schools, citing France as a nation able to slow the infection’s spread while also keeping businesses mostly open.
She also now refers to herself as “liberal” on Twitter rather than a “progressive,” the latter term considered to be extremely left-wing.
She did, however, leave up recent posts thanking GOP Sens. Mitt Romney (Utah), Ben Sasse (Nebraska), and Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) for encouraging members of their party to accept Biden as the winner of last month’s election.
President Trump has refused to concede to the former vice president, claiming his campaign has a substantial amount of evidence he and his lawyers say proves widespread vote fraud handed Biden his apparent victory.
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