Biden OMB pick Neera Tanden spread conspiracy theories surrounding integrity of 2016 election results
Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden is tapping Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget. Tanden has virtually no chance of being confirmed by Republicans in the Senate. Leftists in her own party also revile her, and she is known for spreading conspiracy theories having to do with the 2016 election.
While President Trump is being accused by the Democrats and the media of spinning election conspiracy theories, they should look closer to home. Tanden is actually guilty of doing what the Left says Trump did. She has a history of promoting conspiracy theories. The difference is that President Trump is backing up his claims with facts and Tanden never had any when she made her allegations.
“In the weeks after Trump’s victory, Tanden joined numerous Democrats in encouraging electors of the Electoral College to ignore their states’ votes and refuse to elect Trump as President,” wrote journalist Glenn Greenwald on Monday, adding that she repeatedly claimed Hillary Clinton “only lost because Russian hackers invaded the U.S. voting system and clandestinely changed Hillary’s votes to Trump’s, costing the real winner — Hillary — her rightful place on the throne.” That allegation has been demonstrably proven false.
After Trump tweeted in January of 2017 that “Intelligence stated very strongly there was absolutely no evidence that hacking affected the election results,” and that voting machines were “not touched,” Tanden shot back, “Why does he lie about this? Because he knows people have intuitive sense Russians did enough damage to affect more than 70k votes in 3 states.” Since most voting machines are ‘air-gapped’ the Russians could not have manipulated the vote. That can only be done through rigged voting machines and/or software and it would have to be conducted nationwide.
After the FBI claimed “Russian hackers” had “accessed Florida voter info,” in a report, Tanden also tweeted, “Why would hackers hack in unless they could change election results? What’s the point?” She was insinuating that the 2016 election results had been hacked and changed in Trump’s favor. There is a big difference between obtaining voter information and hacking an election.
Why does he lie about this?Because he knows people have intuitive sense Russians did enough damage to affect more than 70k votes in 3 states https://t.co/VFiptUz6gV
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) January 7, 2017
How can Democrats and allied media outlets credibly oppose unhinged conspiracy theories and attacks on U.S. election legitimacy while empowering its worst purveyors such as Tanden? pic.twitter.com/d6i7HhUc0p
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 30, 2020
A spokesperson for Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Drew Brandewie, said Sunday that presumptive President-elect Joe Biden’s reported pick to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has “no chance” of being confirmed by the Senate should Republicans remain in control next year.
Neera Tanden, who has an endless stream of disparaging comments about the Republican Senators’ whose votes she’ll need, stands zero chance of being confirmed. https://t.co/f6Ewi6OMQR
— Drew Brandewie (@DBrandewie) November 30, 2020
The media spun this as a concession on Trump allegedly losing the presidential race, but it was just a statement of fact. Trump has not conceded and is moving ahead with numerous lawsuits in several states in regards to voter fraud and voting irregularities.
During the 2016 election, Tanden was a top ally of the Democratic Party’s then-nominee, Hillary Clinton, and was seen at the time as a likely candidate for a White House role. She is a backer of Clinton’s infamous seven-tier tax plan that was widely mocked on both sides of the political aisle.
Tanden’s selection also engendered angry reactions from those on the left, such as Brianna Joy Gray, the former press secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign, who called Tanden “a woman who is openly disdainful of Bernie Sanders and his coalition, but who is friendly with extreme bigots online.” Gray was particularly critical of Tanden’s views on Social Security.
“Everything toxic about the corporate Democratic Party is embodied in Neera Tanden,” Gray tweeted.
Many of those opposed to Tanden’s appointment, including Brandewie and Gray, cited past tweets from Tanden who has been a prolific presence on social media, posting more than 87,000 tweets – including numerous caustic criticisms or replies to criticisms – since joining Twitter in March 2010.
Others will remember her blurting out the name of an anonymous sexual-harassment victim in an all-staff meeting, physically pushing someone for asking her about the Iraq War, and for declaring, “I would do whatever Hillary needs always. I owe her a lot. And I’m a loyal soldier” and, “I don’t really think the issues matter” in emails revealed by WikiLeaks.