Transcript for Is Republicans' rejection of Neera Tanden a double standard?
Last night we saw something in the white house that has been absent for the past four years, a compassionate call for unity. President Biden held a vigil with an emotional tribute to the 500,000 American lives lost to covid. He promised we would all get this together and called for a healing and unity. But in the senate vote, it seems to be split on his cabinet picks like his nominee for the office of management and budget. Neera tanden, probably won't have the votes to get pointed because of her past tweets. Some in the GOP say she's divisive and doesn't have the temperament for the gig. What do you think of this, joy? It's rich, isn't it? To hear Republicans who are still attached to the hip to Donald Trump who called women slobs, dogs, fat pigs, they're - upset by her nasty tweets. Not to mention grabbing women by their private parts. I think they don't want to remember what happened in the past four years, and this is just going to be a reminder about how despicably they've behaved in this regard. Let me just point out, it's not just Republicans, we also have Joe Manchin, by the way, I don't know if he's a Democrat or a Republican half the time. He voted to confirm ric grennell, he voted to confirm him. He voted to confirm Jeff sessions who had a history of racism. The hypocrisy is there. If neera is not confirmed, I'm scared about her tweets. Sara, should her past tweets cost her the position? I think maybe yes. It' not lost on me the hypocrisy that joy's referring to. Those extremes should always been out of bounds. I don't like her tone, it wasn't a few tweets. She had to delete 1,000 tweets. The impulse control that she needs to speak to strangers on Twitter to say what she thinks in a minute tells me a little bit about her, after this insurrection I have zero tolerance about lowering the rhetoric, we talk about elevating it and bringing it back up, that's why we thought Joe Biden would be the right person for the job, to see people getting in, I think we need to elevate. It's a good message for young people, though, I remember people in college, a girl I knew who said she never tried a drug because she wanted to be in the where are the people who think about what this cost them down the road? An entry level position, I remember remembered that NBC might not like something I tweeted so I would think about it for a while, where are those people? Why are they not representing us in Washington, D.C.? Yeah, if this cost her this is a consequence. Right. Sunny, you think there's a double standard here. Well, there's a clear double standard when you have people like joy pointed out that we confirm a Jeff sessions or a grennell and not confirm tanden because they're offended by her mean tweets. When you look at her tweets, yes, she had to delete over a thousand tweets. I thought it was inappropriate then and inappropriate now. Look at some of the tweets. She tweeted that senate minority leader Mcconnell was volderomort. That vampire had more heart than Ted Cruz. So, there was a little bit of humor in the tweets, yes they were mean and inappropriate. Should she not be confirmed because of that because in four years she's seen rapid confirmations, we've seen the former disgraced, twice-impeached, one-term president just tweet horrible, horrible things. We've seen these senators tweet things. So I just -- the double standard is just the height of hypocrisy here. Meghan? Yes, Meghan, should her tweets be a deal-breaker? I don't -- we've done this topic before, I said she was one of the worst trolls on Twitter for a really long time. Anyone who knows anything about politics, it's not just her tweets. A few examples, she punched a reporter for asking Hillary Clinton a question about the iraqwar, the reporter says that she claimed he punched her. Insulting a reporter. People said she was a bad organizational leader. She was called impossible to trust because she named the victim of a sexual harassment victim in a company meeting and exposed them for being a victim of sexual harassment that's reported by buzzfeed. If you're comfortable with that, in public forums, we have discussed sexual harassment victims in the me too movement at length, if this is the kind of character that Democrats want, fine. Of course, talking about what president did and people like that all day long, someone who has violent, putting women possibly in damage, that's not who I want working in government. Anyone who has had any kind of experience on a campaign trail knows what kind this person is. She doesn't belong in the Biden administration. If you're going to have people like neera tanden holding cabinet position and there you have it. I'll just say, as we like to do on this show, no one comes out unscathed. No one comes out unscathed. Oh, my god, I was just a gray blob.
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