Obama-era ethics chief accuses Biden admin of sending ‘F— you’ message with hires

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An Obama administration official has raised concerns over the Biden administration’s rank nepotism, and in doing so he’s provoked backlash from the administration’s rabid sycophants.

According to Obama-era Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub, the Biden administration’s constant hiring of family members is a veritable “f–k you” to ethics.

In a lengthy Twitter thread posted Friday, Shaub pointed to a piece published earlier that day by The Washington Post that contains a list of all the children, spouses, parents, etc., of top officials who’ve been hired by the administration.

The piece, he wrote, made him feel “disgusted.”

“I’m sorry, I know some folks don’t like hearing any criticism of him. But this royally sucks. I’m disgusted. A lot of us worked hard to tee him up to restore ethics to government and believed the promises. This is a a real ‘f*ck you’ to us—and government ethics,” he explained.

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The piece reads as follows: “[A]t least five children of [Biden’s] top aides have secured coveted jobs in the new administration. They include two sons and a daughter of the White House counselor, the daughter of a deputy White House chief of staff and the daughter of the director of presidential personnel.”

It continues: “The pattern — which continued this week with the Treasury Department’s announcement that it was hiring J.J. Ricchetti, son of Biden counselor Steve Ricchetti — has drawn concerns from ethics experts, diversity advocates and others. They say it is disappointing that Biden didn’t shift even further from the practices of Donald Trump’s presidency, which they felt reeked of nepotism and cronyism.”

The piece was published two days after Shaub first broached the topic by posting the names of four administration officials and asking “which one of these special assistants at the treasury department has a daddy who’s one of the top aides to the president.”

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In his Twitter thread Friday, Shaub condemned all the backlash against both his tweet from Wednesday and The Washington Post’s report.

“The responses from people who spent 4 years complaining the other side was putting party over country are pathetic. They sound just like MAGAs. The jobs went to privileged kiddos with mommies & daddies who cozied up to POTUS. Nepotism is illegal,” he wrote.

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He was right about nepotism being illegal and about members of the left complaining furiously about the alleged nepotism in former President Donald Trump’s administration.

Yet these same leftists responded to his accurate observations — observations backed by The Washington Post, to boot — by accusing him of being a “bitter,” “vindictive” “sore loser” and “little b—h” who’s upset he didn’t get a job in the Biden administration.

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Does their rhetoric sound familiar? It should because it perfectly mirrors the rhetoric of their arch-nemesis, former President Trump, who too had a habit of attacking people with insults whenever they angered him.

The difference is that in their minds, it’s perfectly OK when they do it, it’s perfectly OK when the Biden administration practices nepotism and it’s perfectly OK when President Joe Biden showers Russian President Vladimir Putin with gifts.

It’s also apparently OK that White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s sister was hired as a Health and Human Services senior adviser.

The press secretary claimed for her part that she had nothing to do with the hire:

But Schaub wasn’t satisfied with her explanation.

In response, he wrote that the issue isn’t her sister’s education but rather “why the administration isn’t concerned about the appearance of so many relatives of WH staff working in a govt that has outlawed nepotism.”

As of Saturday morning, Psaki had not yet responded. Perhaps she’ll “circle back” to it later …

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