White House Deputy TJ Ducklo has been forced to resign after he violently threatened a reporter from the Policto over a story she was working on.
“I will destroy you,” is what Ducklo told Tara Palmeri, journalist for the Politico after she informed Ducklo she was working on a story over the unethical relationship between he and his girlfriend Alexi McCammond Axios White House reporters.
The scandal began on Inauguration Day after Palmeri, asked McCammond to comment. When Ducklo found out he called Palmeri and said if she didn’t kill the story, “I will destroy you.”
Palmeri claimed that Ducklo made other derogatory remarks during the conversation. Ducklo accused Palmeri – – of being “jealous” that a man “wanted to f**k” McCammond and “not you.”
This dude has some serious issues.
Elites are not held to the standards of the peasantry https://t.co/c4FSsGUvE2
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 12, 2021
Palmeri was reporting about the relationship because it posed ethical issues over the fact that a White House journalists was in a relationship with a White House Official. Several news outlets have confirmed Palmeri had never met or communicated with McCammond in any way before reporting on this story.
Palmeri did not report the incident however it was discovered by Editors of Politico when they read the transcripts of the call in Palmeri’s notes, they immediately called the White House. That phone called caused a flurry of activity between White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield, and Biden senior adviser Anita Dunn. They tried to bury the story and suggested that Ducklo write Palmeri a note apologizing. The White House also attacked Palmeri, they accused her of breaking the off-the-record agreement with Ducklo and blamed Politico for discussing the phone call.
However by that point rumors about the threats made by Ducklo began to circulate around Washington, Psaki decided to suspend Ducklo a week.
“TJ Ducklo has apologized to the reporter, with whom he had a heated conversation about his personal life. He is the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by the President. In addition to his initial apology, he has sent the reporter a personal note expressing his profound regret. With the approval of the White House Chief of Staff, he has been placed on a one-week suspension without pay. In addition, when he returns, he will no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico,” Psaki said in a statement over the phone call.
Conservatives immediately pointed out the double standard and reminded Psaki that Biden himself said he would fire anyone that behaved in the way the press cried President Trump’s Administration treated them.
Less than 24 hours later in a meeting with Psaki and White House officials Ducklo resigned.
JUST IN: Deputy White House Press Sec. TJ Ducklo has resigned, White House says.
“We are committed to striving every day to meet the standard set by the President in treating others with dignity and respect, with civility and with a value for others,” Press Sec. Psaki says. pic.twitter.com/doSTlEQbzA
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 14, 2021
However, I’m sure he’ll be taken care of and get a nice job as an analysis on MSNBC or CNN.
Written by February 14, 2021–
ARTICLE SOURCE: newsthud.com